Hey there! I’m popping in today to share some photos from our first Christmas in Georgia.
I can’t believe the holiday has already come and gone. It was such a wonderful time in our house and I think that was partly due to the fact that I let go of a lot of the expectations I typically place on Christmas.
Ever since Dave & I had kids, I feel like I’ve been struggling to find my footing with holiday traditions. The last 3 years I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to make Christmas ‘perfect’ and as a result tension seemed to run high in our house around the holidays. Last year I wanted to make all the casseroles, decorate all the trees, see all the lights and have perfectly coordinated wrapping paper under the tree and it all ended up falling rather flat. This year I decided I didn’t want to make any of the casseroles, but instead I wanted to make a lasagna since I could do that ahead of time. That allowed me to spend the entire holiday with my family instead of 4 hours in the kitchen. (Atlas and I did spend a little bit of time in the kitchen making cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. I don’t think Santa could see his cookies underneath all the sprinkles though.)
I also decided I didn’t want to have a perfectly decorated tree because what I wanted more was to enjoy the days with my children instead of telling Andi Rose “NO TOUCH” 83 times a day.
And I decided that instead of attending every holiday event that came across my calendar, I would rather drink hot chocolate by the fire and watch Hallmark Christmas movies with Dave. And I let go of my dream of perfectly coordinated wrapping paper and allowed Dave to pick out Paw Patrol wrapping paper for Atlas, which was the best decision ever because Atlas lost his mind on Christmas morning when he saw that Paw Patrol paper under the tree.
I guess what I’m saying is that this year I finally let go of my picture perfect Christmas and as a result the magic of the holiday actually came back to me. Dave and I agreed that this was probably our very favorite Christmas together thus far.
We wrote a poem to the kids from Santa, which is something I think we will now do every year moving forward.
And we spent almost the entire afternoon outside in our pajamas with no jackets because that is what Christmas in the south looks like.
I hope your Christmas was just as magical and you are going into the New Year filled with joy, contentment and peace. This will serve as my final blog post for 2016. I’m taking these final days of the year to reflect and refill my tank. I’m so excited to see what God has in store for 2017 and I’m praying that He will use me and this little blog to encourage you and I’m looking forward to sharing more of my life, motherhood musings, workouts, treats and style with you. See you next year, friends!