A friend suggested we all focus this year on a "Simpler Christmas."
I can check that off my "to do" list.
I haven't hung a single strand of lights, and haven't yet decided if I even will.
I had good intentions. After Brytin's birthday, I was going to lug all the decorations out. (I always wait until after his birthday.)
But then I found out he'll be gone for the ten days preceding Christmas, and I just haven't been able to muster the energy to do any of the awesomely fun stuff we did last year.
Last year was an AWESOME Christmas - my favoritest. I will always remember it. I wasn't overburdened or burnt out or anything like that. I had every intention of working the same game plan this year. But, when the child will be gone for ten days, it just sort of changes the game, I guess.
Life has been pretty difficult for me since Thanksgiving. It was a pleasure to serve a Thanksgiving feast. But the pain that has invaded my hands and my ribs since...well, let's just say I've been a crabbypants for a few weeks now...
So, as I reread my friend's blog posts about simplifying our holiday celebrations, I am reminded that Christmas really can be best celebrated in many simple ways.
+ Every time Brytin and I are in the car, and it is dark outside, we take the time to enjoy the Christmas lights others have hung.
+ Christopher received a Christmas present that he truly truly truly L-O-V-E, LOVES. (An ipod nano.)
+ We take our dog for a walk after dark, so we can enjoy the Christmas lights in our neighborhood.
+ We took Brytin ice skating - and Chris had a FABULOUS time :D
+ I got a pea in a pod ornament to commemorate my pregnancy.
Brytin leaves tomorrow, so there really isn't time for much Christmas fanfare. I think that before he goes, he and I will bake a birthday cake for Jesus. And I will thank Him for a holiday that has so far been filled with peace and joy and love.
(Birthday Cake idea stolen from article, "Have Yourself a Very Simple Christmas."