Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday , 25, December 2012 1 Comment

Merry Christmas in lights on our fence!

When this post goes live at 8 a.m. on Christmas Day, I hope it finds you well-rested, and ready to enjoy a wonderful day, filled with the love of family and friends. I know the “well-rested” part is probably wishful thinking, but I HOPE you at least had a little sleep! (From experience, I know that on Christmas morning, most Mamas are exhausted from last minute, late night chores, and the hectic pace of holiday preparations.)

Now that my children are older, they’re not quite so eager to wake us up before 6 a.m. to see what Santa brought! I may actually  get to stay in bed a little later this year! I do miss those days when the children were small, and giddy with excitement. Be sure to cherish these moments with your family. Take lots of photos and videos to capture your children’s mannerisms  and voices, which will change so quickly. Remember to get multi-generational photos and video interactions, too. All too soon, some of the faces will be missing from your celebrations.

ENJOY the little things this Christmas. I’ve given myself permission to cut some corners with baking and entertaining. I’ve chosen not to make some of my more difficult recipes. I’m serving Stouffer’s Lasagna for my Christmas Eve dinner, instead of going all out with turkey, dressing, and all the fixin’s. I’m making choices that will give me more time to enjoy my family and friends. I want time to focus on Jesus, the Real Reason for the Season, as we celebrate His birth!

For the last several years, I’ve kept most of my Nativities on display all year, because of a Charles Dickens quote:

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

As we head into the New Year, that will continue to be my Resolution, along with my standing resolutions to lose weight and get in shape!

What are YOUR resolutions? Please share in the comments! 

May God Bless You and Yours on Christmas and in the New Year!

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