Time to Decorate

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I am so loving the whimisical white tree bejeweled with ornaments and the funky mix matched stockings from Meg Duerksen’s home.  I’d love to incorporate these beauties this year.  Check out these cute little stockings I found over at Etsy.  Has anyone else seen any fun ones around?
Are you feeling any holiday pressure?  I am feeling it.  The pressure to decorate, bake, and shop that is.  The tree is up from the basement and boxes of random Christmas items are in piled in the living room.  I’ve seen gorgeous pictures on the Internet and my mind is completely cluttered.  
I tend to over think things.  And thus things get a little tedious.  I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and I don’t really have a lot of reason too.  I suppose it is the 10 different lists running through my mind at all points of the day.  Christmas list, Christmas card list, Grocery list, Target list, Things to get done around the house list, blog list, etc. etc.  I wish there was a turn off switch sometimes, don’t you?
Well, all that to say I’m really going to try to just be in the moment.  One day at a time, if you will.  My children are little and they are so excited about Christmas.  Their eyes are filled with wonder and their faces are full of smiles.  I want to have a little wonder and some smiles this season too.  I really would like to just enjoy myself and not be in a constant state of stress.  That is my Christmas wish.  Are you good at enjoying the holidays?  Any secret plans for getting it all done and still having fun?
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  • Zizzi
    Commented on December 3rd, 2008 at 1:29am

    I start planníng in november. I started making this years christmas-cards in november and they got finished yesterday. I write everybodys wishlist on a paper, and what store I can buy it in. Then, when december comes I write a list. ONE day for all the baking, THREE days for christmas-shopping because of the first list I know what to buy and where. (the third day is for last minute-presents), every friday cleaning the house, The week before christmas I start preparing the food.
    Good luck!

  • vicki archer
    Commented on December 3rd, 2008 at 3:19am

    I have learnt – it doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. As I am a serious perfectionist this has taken some time to realize. I am inclined to fuss too much about the detail and forget the big picture. Christmas is about the whole package – the family, the feast, the friends and being together. xv

  • paula
    Commented on December 3rd, 2008 at 10:00am

    hmm, for me i get most if not all my Christmas presents done before thanksgiving. i try to keep the decorating simple but fun for the kiddos. hard for me, but less stress. finally keeping in mind how blessed i am makes everything else fade away. hope this helps. have fun! you are too sweet.

  • Joanna Goddard
    Commented on December 3rd, 2008 at 10:02am

    it’s so fun that you have little kids. i always wish i had a little dude around for christmas, even a little cousin, since it’s so much more magical when you have little perspectives :) this xmas, we’re going to san francisco to visit my sister and her husband, so i’m excited for the warmer weather! xo

  • michelle
    Commented on December 3rd, 2008 at 12:26pm

    I love The white tree too…Megs’ home is fab…alot of great ideas.

  • Sara
    Commented on December 3rd, 2008 at 1:59pm

    I’m definitely feeling the pressure. I feel like you just described my current state of mind (and home!). I’ve been trying to use some of the tools at organizedchristmas.com (only semi-successfully, but it’s something) and am also trying to do most of my shopping online this year. So far, so good.

    But I like your point about being in the moment. Having little ones definitely helps put things in perspective!

  • meg duerksen
    Commented on December 4th, 2008 at 6:29pm

    well this looks familiar. :)
    i was debating on the “narnia” tree this year. i thin i wiill do it again unless some thing better pops in to my head. it was very sparkley for sure.

    i have so many lists too. my little notebook is busting. and today i left it at the customer service desk at the grocery store! i decided to go back because i NEEDED it!
    last night my husband was trying to be romantic and i kept interrupting it with christmas gift ideas…..

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on December 6th, 2008 at 5:43pm

    Thank you all for all of the lovely comments, great suggestions and things you have learnt a long the way. xx Trina

  • Primrose
    Commented on December 10th, 2008 at 8:54pm

    I feel your pain… I work part time in retail and so this is a super super busy time. Add to that all my daughter’s social whirl and my head is spinning. Plus, I had my parents staying and a major renovation work going on. Argh! However, I do agree with Vicki Archer’s wise words. So true! Lists, lists and more lists and then more lists…

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