Now that the dust is settling…

Christmas morning

I hope everyone celebrating had a very merry Christmas. Ours was low-key and relaxing — just the way I like it. In fact, our entire Christmas season was pretty low-key this year. I think I did less this year than I’ve done any year that I can remember — with the possible exception of the year my daughter decided to enter the world on Christmas Eve.

I didn’t do a smidge of baking, we left the Elf in the attic, I didn’t put out my Christmas village, we didn’t make gingerbread houses, I didn’t decorate my foyer banister, and my outside decorating was minimal too. The kids didn’t even notice that we didn’t have a Pinterest-perfect Christmas, and I’m much happier because I stayed sane.

Even on the blog, I didn’t do my huge gift guides, and my sponsored posts were few and far between. Usually Q4 (the last 3 months of the year) is pure insanity for a full-time blogger. Last year, I came down with the flu after Christmas, and I’m convinced it’s because I was pushing myself way too hard and my body was crying out for relief.

This year I took a big step back, and it felt great. I think that was due in large part to my switch to fashion blogging. I am not as well-rounded as I was before, at least from a PR perspective, and I simply didn’t get anywhere near the amount of offers that I typically do this time of year. I’m okay with that, though, because it allows me to put more time and energy into the posts that I DO write, and I’m enjoying the new focus.

So Christmas. Ours was nice. We spent the morning leisurely opening our presents. I must have been good this year because Santa brought me a new ring, a fun travel mug, and a fur throw for my bed. I tried to get a creative picture of my gifts, but I lack this talent. The kids were laughing at me contorting myself on the floor at different angles, trying to get a good shot. This is the best I could do. But isn’t that coffee travel mug the cutest? I just hope I don’t break it.

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The kids had a good haul as well. It was fun to watch them open their presents, and I even managed to sneak a couple of surprises in there, which is really hard to do with kids this age.

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After presents, we went to brunch at my inlaws’. Dontcha love how I manage to get out of cooking for every major holiday??

Because the weather was so unseasonably warm, I wore this lightweight dolman sleeve top with my black destructed jeans and leopard ballet flats. This was just a quick iPhone capture before we left the house.

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While our Christmas Day was quiet, on Sunday we’re hosting 25 for dinner and a gift exchange, so I’m gearing up for that. I waited to do my grocery shopping, hoping that the stores won’t be as crowded after Christmas, so that means I have to go get everything tomorrow. I’m not doing anything fancy — meatball hoagies (I buy the meatballs from my butcher) and apps and desserts, and that’s it. I’m all about easy entertaining these days.

After that, we’re heading up to Maine for a few days. My grandfather is celebrating his 99th birthday, and I’m super excited to be with him for that. Best of all? It’s supposed to snow!! I am so over this spring-like weather. It’s bad enough in the springtime, but I REALLY detest it in the wintertime. It will be great to spend time with my extended family too.

It’s fun to get together with friends and family over the holidays, and I love giving and receiving gifts, but amidst the hustle and bustle, let’s not forget the One who left His heavenly throne in order to bring the hope of reconciliation and eternal life to a lost and hurting world. After all, there is no greater gift.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!