Enjoying the Holidays


It’s been a little bit odd this year getting into the holiday spirit.  Our FLL tournaments were just last weekend and both teams advanced.  Super happy for the kids!

Thankfully my husband enjoys doing the biggest share of the holiday shopping (online of course).

Christmas Tree

I absolutely love our tree.  Each year we add a few photo ornaments.  It’s so fun to look back at the pics from when the kids were little.

The outside of the house isn’t showing much Christmas flair, but I think we are looking pleasantly festive inside.

This year I’m focusing on keeping it easy and not purchasing things that require storage.  My holiday decorating purchases have been limited to a piece of black foam board and having a few winter nature photos printed.  I’ve had a ton of fun and everything has been peaceful and stress free.  I think it’s all about attitude.  This year I’m just doing what we have time for and enjoying it.  Every little holiday touch is appreciated.  Things will get done when they get done and if they don’t –  that’s okay.  The holidays should be about enjoying people.  It’s really not about how much greenery is in the house, how perfect the lighting is, or how many presents are under the tree.

Three Popsicle Snowflakes


The boys made giant popsicle snowflakes for me.  I love the way they turned out.  Turquoise wasn’t a color I had in mind when we went to buy paint but I love it!  I’m so glad I didn’t say, “I was really hoping for red.”  I will admit to purchasing red paint, just in case.


I’ve seen a lot of chalkboard ideas out there.  I thought a chalkboard over the mantle would be really cool, but I honestly didn’t have time to purchase the plywood and paint it this year.  Black foam poster board and a tiny bottle of white paint to the rescue.  I’d like to add some poinsettias or rosemary trees or candles.



I switched out our usual family photos of the kids feeding giraffes for some winter nature scenes.


SnowflakesWe made lots of paper snowflakes.

A few ornaments hung on ribbon over the kitchen sink add a little sparkle while I’m doing dishes.

The decorations are far from “perfect”.  We don’t have multiple Christmas trees or holiday towels or even specially scented soaps.  But we’ve spent time together.   We’ve made cookies and crafts and played games and watched movies.

It’s been such a nice season and I’m so glad for the time with family.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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6 thoughts on “Enjoying the Holidays

  1. I love the Popsicle snowflakes!! The blue really pops. I love your philosophy on Christmas. Spending time as a family is wonderful. Have a Merry Christmas!!

  2. I love all your decorations and photos. The ornaments are amazing and I love your sign. I think I might have to add a few ornaments over the sink so I can be festive doing the dishes. 🙂 That’s one chore I really dislike doing 😉 Have a Merry Christmas!!!

  3. Your home looks beautiful. I love your value of simplicity. I’m going to bookmark your post for next November to give me some ideas. We made snowflakes using clear plastic sheets over isomorphic graph paper, and also borax crystal tree ornaments. Both provided interesting talking points when our 19 family members spend Christmas with us!

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and activities here, Carol. You’re one of my favourite places to visit online. I hope you and your loved ones have a very happy and healthy 2015.

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