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Merry Making

December 11, 2012

Simple and special. I do hope you’ll forgive me for being a bit of a broken record once again this time of year, but honestly there are so many broken records telling us something so completely different from that message, that I – and likely you too – could use a little reminding from time to time, and day to day. The reminder of how we want our precious family days to be spent, of the way we want our children to know the holidays, their childhoods. Of how we want to live, share, and love together.  –Amanda Soule

I had big plans.  Holiday stuff to do.  Nothing too stressful since I tried to do obligatory-feeling stuff in bits and pieces during  October and November to have less stress in December.   Already this month, our elf came and St. Nicholas came, we saw The Nutcracker, decorated the tree, baked cookies with grandparents and shopped for everyone in the school holiday shop (for the first and last time.)  Mixed in there has been work for me in the evenings and weekends while I help out my old job for the holidays. It all kind of  just leaves me with an intention to keep it all simple that feels seemingly impossible, but we’re trying.

I’ve been crossing things off the list left and right, but Sunday just felt right to stay home and hang out in pajamas and get some fun done – puppy chow made (I’ve heard rumors of a nutella version that must be amazing) and a gingerbread house, Rudolph and Elf in the background, cinnamon rolls in a circle {wreath} for breakfast, attempts at two different kinds of dough ornaments, presents wrapped, popcorn strung and hung on the tree, an amazing tomato feta dip for lunch (add it to your list if you need to bring something to a party soon and don’t have much time/energy to cook!)  A seemingly ridiculous amount of things for one day, but it all felt good and relaxed and by 3:30 the house was quiet with nappers and me working a bit and one watching some tv.

I had a list a mile long of things I wanted to do and posts I wanted to post for this month.  I still might do some, but I don’t think most of it is going to happen, at least not for blog-sharing.  I’m fine with that.  I realized that on Sunday when the ornaments we made as part of my intention to compare different homemade dough ornaments (applesauce/cinnamon, salt dough and corn starch/baking soda dough – for the record, the cornstarch is my favorite by a mile) got left in the oven too long.  My heart just isn’t in posting for the sake of posting.  We still have things to wrap and peppermint bark to make for friends (I’ll never make any other recipe – it’s amazing!) and class parties and recipes to try without stressing about photographing them.  I think a bunch might be pushed into January and February for some winter entertainment.

It all just feels like survival mode right now and that’s ok.  How about you? Are you crossing things off the list for the sake of giving yourself a break and focusing on the things that matter? Are you taking the time you need to be quiet each day?  Do you need that like I do? Or is it the hustle and bustle and time with people that recharges your energy reserves?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2012 11:37 am

    I try to incorporate my family into any decorating I do to make memories instead of interior design. I do find shopping a little taxing but more for the “what do I buy so-and-so” instead of the actual task itself. Once I wrap my mind around what to buy, I’m good. 🙂

    • Lillian permalink*
      December 11, 2012 12:39 pm

      “I try to incorporate my family into any decorating I do to make memories instead of interior design” I LOVE the way you phrased that:)

  2. Felicia permalink
    December 11, 2012 11:46 am

    I make a somewhat similar dip, but with hummus as the base – topped with diced cucumbers, roasted red peppers, red onion, olives, and feta. Pita or pita chips for dipping. YUM!

    And we are trying to intentionally take it slowly for the holidays too. Spending time together is what it is really about.

    • Lillian permalink*
      December 11, 2012 12:40 pm

      Adding that to the list – it sounds so good! What a great summer meal, too!

  3. December 11, 2012 11:53 am

    Per usual, I just want to curl up in your world. 🙂

  4. December 12, 2012 11:33 am

    I’m trying hard this year to fight my strong tendency to live by my to-do list and just really enjoy these days. I’m trying to focus on the important stuff and not get distracted by so many “good” things. Last night all seven of us sat in the living room and read a few Christmas books together before bed-not what I had planned on my list (because it made me so tired that I was useless the rest of the evening!), but so much better.

    • Lillian permalink*
      December 17, 2012 2:40 pm

      Same here! It’s so hard to remember to keep it simple when we’re bombarded with so.many.things that all seem so wonderful and that I know the kids would love! Christmas books are making me so happy right now:)

  5. December 17, 2012 2:36 pm

    Your house is lovely. And I make that dip once a week! Merry Christmas!

    • Lillian permalink*
      December 17, 2012 2:41 pm

      Merry Christmas to you, too!! Thanks for the kind house words!

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