|Not a creature was stirring...|
I kept the tree watered all weekend, hoping to decorate it on Sunday. But somehow the days slipped away from me and I wasn't able to find a moment to put the lights and the star on until this morning.
Tonight after I finished teaching Nathan and I finally got around to hanging the ornaments. So many memories!
|Seattle Space Needle. Thanks, Cindy B!|
|Josh and Casey. I miss those days.|
|One of our Christmas Craft Day projects from our homeschooling years.|
|A tag from a Christmas gift I received from one of my very first piano students back in Peoria, Illinois.|
|An ornament given to me by a piano student just today. Thank you, Hope!|
|A souvenir from a cruise vacation. Nathan and I agree that this is one of our favorites.|
|A gift from my dorm-mate. Thanks you, Robbin!|
Nathan pointed out that 1979 was a long time ago. I guess it was, but in some ways it really doesn't seem like it.
|A beaded ornament created by one of my oldest and dearest friends. She has given my children and me ornaments for Christmas as long as I have known her. Thanks, Cindy J!|
I have purchased a few small gifts and made greeting cards, but that is the extent of my holiday preparations otherwise, and quite a departure from the extravagances of years past. But just because I have always done something is not enough reason to continue; as my circumstances change, so does my concept of what is most important. And as I seek to let go of perfectionism in other areas of my life, I am letting go if it here. This year, I choose to focus, one at a time, simply on those activities that bring me comfort and joy. Today, it was the Christmas tree. It's not going to make the cover of Better Homes and Gardens, but it makes me happy every time I walk by and inhale its woodsy scent and see all the treasures hanging from its boughs.
Is there anything you can let go of in order to have more time and energy for the most important things?