Another Christmas has come and gone. All of the preparations and planning and in a matter of hours it is over. I must admit I struggle with Christmas. I love preparing my home for my family and sharing with others, but sometimes it overwhelms me as I try to celebrate the true reason for the season with all of the secular distractions that come with it. Having a house full of kids is a true blessing and I do it all for them, I want them to remember a house full of warmth and love, especially at Christmas time.
Here is a quick tour of our "Christmas" home. As much as I would love to start over some years with my Christmas decor, it has been collected over the years, some items are gifts others were purchased when Russ and I were first married and have stood the test of time. I guess you could say my style is eclectic...LOL.
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is pictures before church on Christmas Eve. Do you notice three people are missing? While it is my favorite tradition, not so much for the boys. This year you get just the girls....and they were a little on the goofy side.
This year I hosted both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We share Christmas Eve with my Dad's family and Christmas Day with my Mom's family. I started hosting both days when the kids were little and although it is a lot of work my kids always say how much they love having our house full of family...
Christmas Day is very low key. Although I take the food seriously, 'cause I love to cook and love to eat, we spend the day in jammies relaxing and enjoying each others company and I wouldn't have it any other way. Notice no boys in the pictures again....I fear the day the girls start to protest too!
So from our house to yours...
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!