merry merry

Christmas Eve

Image via Joy Laforme.

Oh my lovelies, it’s Christmas Eve. I know that not all of you celebrate Christmas, but I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing this evening is full of love and happiness and cheer. I am so excited to take some time to be with family and enjoy the peace that, for me, always comes with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

See, I love all of the hustle and bustle that leads up to Christmas. Really, I do. I love making things and baking things and wrapping gifts and decorating and all of that jazz. But the closer I get to the actual holiday, the more I like to slow down and just enjoy the peace. I love being with family at simple parties. I love going to church when it’s lit by candles and the choir is singing Silent Night. I love staying in my pajamas at my parents house while it’s a cold and foggy morning on the farm. Those are the best parts of Christmas.

Thank you so, so much for following along all December while we’ve been celebrating our Make and Give column. I truly hope you’ve enjoyed making things for the people you love — that project really made this one of my favorite holiday seasons. But I also want to remember a little Dr. Seuss wisdom: Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. Remember how the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes when he tried to steal Christmas from the Whos and they woke up singing anyway? Yeah, that.

Merry Christmas, all. xoxo


4 comments

  1. Erica on said:

    Merry Christmas! You hit the nail on the head with exactly how I feel as Christmas approaches. The closer and closer it gets, the more I enjoying slowing down and enjoying the simple things. I hope the rest of your holidays are filled with peace and joy.

  2. Slow down and enjoy the peace indeed.

    Merry Christmas Ms. Lovely!

    Stef

  3. Elaine Costa on said:

    Amen. <3

  4. Merry Christmas to you, too!! I didn’t make all of my gifts this year, but I had fun making our neighbor gifts and sibling gifts this year. I felt like I did a good job balancing out taking the time to make something meaningful and keeping things simple and relatively stress-free.

    Last Christmas wasn’t so peaceful – we spent most of the holiday driving. We stayed in town, but between all of the family functions we attended, we traveled nearly 1000 miles in one week! I felt like we didn’t stop long enough to spend quality time together. We rushed way too much.

    This year has been the complete opposite. I just got home from a nice hour-long hike in the desert with my mother-in-law. We moseyed around looking at all the different cacti, discovered an owl cave and examined the different kinds of rocks we encountered. We didn’t go fast and we didn’t have any plans. We just spent time together outside enjoying one another’s company. That’s a perfect Christmas to me.

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