Ahh, the holidays… nothing brings out the homebody in me more…
She said with a huge smile. I’m so blessed to have a place to retreat to each day that brings me comfort and peace. I truly enjoy spending time at home. I’ve been this way for so long, I can’t remember when it started. I’ve always said “twenty-something on the outside—eighty-five on the inside”. Anyway, when it gets so bitter cold outside, we all spend more time indoors. This year, I was excited as ever to decorate for Christmas, but put out much less than usual. If you’re a regular reader, I’ll sound like a broken record, but… I wanted to keep the noise down. Keep the clutter to a minimum. I put out just things that spark joy! The pretty paperwhites, and twinkly lights do the trick!
Only the best
There are so many beautiful and festive holiday things out there! Garlands, wreaths, art, ornaments and tchotchkes… this year I limited myself to only my favorite things. Only my best things. That means, the handmade items, the sentimental ones and the most authentically-Christmas things I have. I’m so thrilled with the outcome! Not a ton of noise added to our home, just some special, feel-good pieces.
It is said that having birds on your Christmas tree symbolizes what good is to come. We happen to love putting them all over… it can’t hurt! Cardinals, in particular, hold a special place in our hearts.
These ones are my favorite, you can buy them here:
I work at a company where the universal passion among its employees is fine craft. That includes cooking, sewing, home building, woodworking and gardening. We are experts in our fields and take pride in doing things with our hands. The motto ‘live authentic’ runs through my mind often. A co-worker recently told me that she’s been wanting to teach herself how to knit for a long time now. For whatever reason, at the moment, it struck a cord with me and I decided that I too would love to learn (and so I did!) I haven’t finished anything yet, but I love keeping my hands busy in this way.
Paperwhites are like the tulips of the cold season. They’re beautiful, fresh and smell wonderful! They remind me that Winter doesn’t last forever 😉
Letting go of ‘perfect’
What does perfect mean to you? Is it carefully arranged pillows, fresh flowers, candles burning, and everyone smiling? Is it a dust-free, clutter-free, mess-free house? Those things are all nice, don’t get me wrong–but they’re not real life. At least not all the time. I love looking at home design blogs, magazines and websites. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things to do! But you’ve heard me preach this before… don’t compare your homes to them! A space that you can mess up and live in is far happier than one you’re afraid of. Gather the inspiration and the ideas of pretty things you love, and then customize them for your own life! For me, the trees that are perfectly decorated take my breath away and I go ga-ga over them. However, the ornaments on our tree have been with us our whole lives and mean so much–how could I replace them all with brand new store-bought bulbs, just for it to look like a magazine? I couldn’t. So our tree isn’t exactly glamorous, but it’s us and so I love it.
Beauty is in the happy moments
Tree aside, and even Christmas aside, do you find happy moments in your homes? Do your kids leave their leggos all over the floor for your bare feet to find? Does your kitchen show remnants, in the morning, from a well-enjoyed dinner the night before? Are the pillows and blankets left in disarray from a night of watching a movie with your family? Those are signs of a perfectly imperfect home to me. Do I tidy things up for photos for this blog? Yes, I sure do! But believe me when I say, most of the time the house has a dose of perfectly-imperfect-ness and that’s the way I want it!
Fresh Ginger Tea with Lemon & Honey
For anyone else who’s fighting cold/flu season, I thought I’d include the most delicious remedy. Fresh ginger tea with lemon and honey. It’s liquid gold! Those co-workers I mentioned earlier, are also some of the most warm-hearted people I’ve ever met! One of my newest friends made this tea for me and I became instantly hooked. It not only soothed my coughing, it tasted amazing too! I thought I’d pass it along to you all…
1/4 cup grated fresh ginger
4 cups boiling water
2-3 Tbs. Lemon juice
4 Tbs. Honey
- Put the grated ginger into a heat-safe container and pour boiled water over top. Cover.
- Let steep for at least 10 minutes before straining. Add lemon juice and honey to taste before serving.
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