such a huge part of the season for me.
to hear the traditional christmas songs
fills me with so much peace, joy and hope.
these are not just songs for the season,
these are songs for everyday.
we were at the concert for our Step-mom who was singing in the city choir//this is all of us kids with her.
my brother is in the blue, my husband is behind me,
my sister is to the right of my brother in black,
and my sister-in-law is in beige on the left.
you can see the glitter if you look closely!
we have also gotten some snow here in Minneapolis
i love the kind that glitters
there has also been some extra lounging too(i love to see these two relax)
I did some shopping with a friend, and we hit Sephora and had dinner
she took this shot of me, she loves my smile!
this is the Mall Of America guys!
these were Nordstrom's trees, she bore with me while I freaked out at the bird ornaments.
and for the best part of the evening?!
seeing this display at Sephora! If you have never tried sugar by fresh lip
treatments, you are truly missing out. this stuff is the bomb. and i am a product snob.
i've gone through maybe 4 tubes in about 2 years. rose is our favorite.
we were like kids in a candy store! there is nothing, nothing like it for your lips.
coffee dates with neighbors.
I had a christmas coffee date with my neighbor Mary. this woman has brought me countless soups, treats and cheers while I've been sick through the years. she's visited, and supported and has always has been good at conversation. i hope i have blessed her life too.
trimming the tree.
the Sunriver Resort ornament represents the year I went out to
Bend, Oregon to have medical treatment. I was there for 4 weeks.
the green ornament is from my best friend Amy
I found the Cardinal lights at the Goodwill for 2.99 for two boxes.
I have an obsession with bird ornaments. someone help me.
the ballet slippers are my daughters, she's a dancer (ballet, lyrical and Pointe)
the little drummer is my husbands, from when he was a kid.
my cute tree-topper girl
my super amazing vintage tree topper!
there is a lot to be happy and excited about this time of year. but it's
also a time of year to be careful not to let the consumerism warp our minds and hearts.
to not become so wrapped up in how good our decor looks or how
well our cookies turn out (I am seriously christmas cookie challenged).
consumerism is a slippery slope, so is materialism.
and when people say it's "better to give than receive"
i would like to say that I think it's important to receive too,
because the person giving, wants you to receive,
they want to share and give to you.
so let yourself be ok with receiving.
giving is the easy part, receiving can be a challenge.
allow yourself that this season, that is what i'm gonna try and do.
it's humble to give and it's equally humble to receive.
hopefully I will blog soon about some homemade gifts we are making for people.
i also hope to do some baking, get to more Happy Hours at the nursing home(yep you did not hear me wrong, Happy Hour as in Happy Hour),
deliver goods to my neighbors,
fill a shoebox or two, (Operation Chrsitmas Child),
relax with friends and family,
and attend my daughter's performance
I could never forget the reason for the season, because
i celebrate that, everyday.