My goal this year was to focus simply on creating memories and enjoying moments. Every year I become so worked up and stressed out trying to make sure things are “perfect” what does that even mean?? I vowed to take a more laid back approach this time around. Turns out that you can get far more done when you remove the pressure. Nothing was forced. We did things spontaneously and everything turned out to be more prefect than if I had sat down and wrote out list upon list (like I usually do). I took things as they came (not something that comes naturally to me). We attended parties with friends, we put together our own version of the classic gingerbread house with things we already had in our kitchen, we hopped in the car on a whim and went to see the most magical Christmas lights display I have ever seen. All of this creating memories that our children will remember forever. Rather than memories of mom running around frantically trying to check off ridiculous items on a meaningless “To Do” list. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of organization, lists and schedules but not when they come at the cost of your happiness. Because at the end of the day enjoying time with your loved ones is really all that matters. Did I slack on some things? Sure! We haven’t taken the obligatory family Christmas photo, we haven’t even wrapped presents but Im not stressing about it. My kids have experienced so many wonderful things this holiday season and its not over yet. Tomorrow morning we will wake to wrapped presents under our tree because it will get done. We will put on Christmas music, make mom a huge pot of coffee 😉 and open gifts without a single care of the mess in my living room.
I made play time a priority. And rather than stress about spending a ton of money on decorations we made most of them at home and found a ton of unique items at the thrift store. I prefer thrift stores over mainstream stores for the simple fact that I can find higher quality items and ones that I know everyone in the world doesn’t already have. Like these beautiful stockings!!
And of course made sure our home smelled like christmas. I love candles. Especially holiday scents but they aren’t so great so to burning and breathing in all the time so instead I made with this easy stove top Potpourri.
I just added about a 1/2 cup of cranberries, a few orange slices, 3 cinnamon sticks, a few cloves, some ground nutmeg and a few teaspoons of vanilla to a saucepan with 2 cups of water and turned the burner to low. Allow this to simmer for as long as you want just add water as the liquid will reduce over time. Hope everyone has had an amazing holiday season so far and Merry Christmas!!