Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sewing Room or North Pole?

Oh boy.... Can you believe Christmas is only a week away? 

We are staying true to keeping it simple this year and I am LOVING it.  

All of my children are adults now and there are no grandchildren (yet).... so I was super excited when my oldest daughter suggested that we draw names for Christmas this year.  I am so proud that all of the kids were all for it too.....  It has been a long time dream of mine that our little family would not focus on the gifts and presents of Christmas.... but instead look to the true meaning of Christmas!  I think over the years we have really fulfilled my dreams and then some!  

So even though there are less presents to wrap, my sewing room looks like Santa's Workshop....  Christmas cards, little presents, wrapping paper, ribbons and bows everywhere....and on my cutting table sits the unfinished cutting portion of the BOM which is due this Thursday.... yes I will probably be paying $5.00 to get my final block pattern and fabric....  

This Saturday my daughters and I will be baking away in my little warm kitchen..... I AM THRILLED that this tradition has taken hold too.  

It is good that my sewing room is messy, filled with unusual to this room goodness....  it will be only for a week.... and it is so worth it!  

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Season - Chore or Celebration?

Over the last few years, for me, the Christmas season has become more of a chore than a celebration.  Really cannot pinpoint when this transition happened.... but it did.  

This girl was all about decking out the house in all its red and green glory.... even the bathrooms had Christmas cheer.  (I still love Christmas and all the decorations, just not in the mood to do it!) 

So......is it age that has quieted my Christmas enthusiasm? (Honestly, the thoughts of having to put all that stuff away kind of makes my stomach hurt.)   

Or is it because I want to simplify?  

It does seem that my idea of celebration has changed over the years.  Before....I had convinced myself that the only way everyone would feel like celebrating was if I had set the stage properly.....  the house had to look like North Pole exploded in every nook and cranny.....  

Now.... not so much.  

Instead of decorating my house with glitter bombs, I want to fill it with laughter, music and yummy smells.  

AND if everyone shows up in a glittery, shiny, red and green Christmas sweater...... that would be PERFECT!