The other night, while laying in bed I was thinking of the upcoming, (and now gone) holiday, and how when I was very young I used to wish for a home to raise our kids in and that when they were grown they would return for holidays to the home they’d grown up in. Like my husband and I have for many years throughout our adult lives. Well, that quite hasn’t happened. We’ve lived in 3 apartments, 3 house rentals, and 5 homes, and moved to a new area 5 different times. Note: our kids were raised in 2 homes, the rest is me and the Mr. moving and moving! But our son came to visit us for the holiday at our rental and mentioned one night how, HOME IS WHERE YOUR FAMILY IS, and he’s right! A great reminder of what’s really important.
Bright, sweet kids! They think of what is truly meaningful in life vs the little things. They also help put things into perspective when we lose sight of life’s curve balls, even recognizing that today’s ever present access to technology and media gets the better of us and interferes with just hanging out and spending time with one another. A difficult thing in the present world.
Holidays are difficult in general. I try to stick to one of my rules for life when a holiday is approaching… LESS IS MORE! It’s not about how much, or even why.
But about WHAT! No matter where this or future holiday’s may find us, honey and I will make it a HOME, a refuge, a fun and safe place to gather. Then we enjoy the little things (which are really the BIG things), like seeing Christmas through the eyes of someone who’s seeing it for the very first time.
Who’s turn to put the star on the top of the tree, and quiet times enjoying the magic of the season.
For us it’s recognizing that celebrations aren’t about the biggest or the best. It’s being together.
Spending time making things like ornaments with our sweet grandson.
(Even keepsakes for mommy & daddy to hang on their tree. )
HOMEmade- is the best! And I love when I have extra time to indulge in crafting and being creative. Making personalized gifts for family,
and homemade gingerbread ornaments for my daughter’s class are just a few of the things we made this holiday.
We can’t rightly celebrate without a steaming cup of wassail, a Jaeger tradition, a must at Christmastime!
Lots of cooking & baking between my daughter and I.
The white Christmas was definitely a bonus!
Family, a baby’s 1st Christmas,
and taking time to play in the snow.
A pretty fabulous Christmas and a whole lot to be thankful for, with reminders everywhere …
That no matter where we end up… HOME IS WHERE YOUR FAMILY IS!