This Christmas has not felt like the past Christmas’s. I have been trying to analyze why for a few days now and came up with the conclusion that hubbies new job doesn’t allow a lot of family time and life is busy. Take a step back and I realize more importantly we haven’t made Christmas traditions a priority nor have we slowed down. And that is ok.
I think of my good blogging friend Keri of Living In This Season, who is the greatest encourager on having Grace on ourselves. She would say, “it’s ok.” God would say “it’s ok”. We can’t do it all. If we didn’t accomplish traditions like going to Christmas plays, lights viewings, or gingerbread man creations -so what. What we need to focus on is Christ, number one and then our time as a family when we have it.
Today’s post is so special as it reflects on a time as a family putting our tree up and it was the first Christmas the toddlers got to help set the tree up and decorate it. To me this is the tradition and memory I want to remember. We baked cookies and had Christmas music playing and everyone was cheerful to pitch in.
The days following this Christmas tree decorating were tough as my camera fell off a counter and the autofocus busted, leaving my good DSLR Canon in the shop. I couldn’t access my blog dashboard and posts for a few days (thank God for my graphic designers rescue) and this season has been rough on the attitude of our six year old (read her story here).
However, I have also seen God bless our family in so many ways that it outweighs the bad and the traditions and for that I am thankful. I am thankful for my children, husband, new dog, a vehicle that got fixed recently, my husbands new job, blog being fixed and a new to us family van coming our way as a Christmas gift from family. God is good.
Oh and here is the result of our tree….our one tradition done!
Today will be the last link up for this year. I will include a list of 5 featured bloggers on the Tuesday of January 5th as there will be no linkup or post next week/ I hope you enjoy time with family and this Christmas season.
What traditions do you have around Christmas?
Have you stopped a certain tradition this year?
Now on to the link up: *There will be no link up next Tuesday, instead enjoy time with your families and friends and MERRY CHRISTMAS. Featured bloggers from this particular link up will be chosen on Tuesday, January 5th.
Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.
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Now on to the featured five from last time and link up:
I loved She’s tips on how to look holiday ready without having to be fancy at it. Check them out here.
I was SUPER excited that this lovely lady above made a blogging comeback as I have missed her witty and fashion filled posts. Check out her first back to blogging post here.
Amanda is new to the link up, but I loved her layering of a vest over plaid look. Something I am going to try with my white faux fur vest this week. See and meet Amanda here.
The tee says enough, I am obsessing over it and made quite the conversation starter with family members over what I would like for Christmas, all thinks to Whitney.
Sarah linked up two adorable maxi dresses she styled along with some facts on Dressember and Human Trafficking (which I find awful) check these out here and see how you can support this cause.
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