A Holiday House Tour???

Aren't there are so many beautiful home tours all around blogland right now?  The inspiration is overflowing and I LOVE seeing all these lovely, festive, decked out homes!!

Would you like to see mine??

Here's our foyer:
Doggy footprints on that gorgeous 80s tile every.single.time our pup comes into the house, because the ground is not frozen quite yet.  The bright side of that equation:  it's December 12 and not freezing in Massachusetts yet!!!  Woo hoo!

The garage:
A newly stripped, partially finished little sidetable from Craigslist, waiting me for find time in this crazy month to pay it some attention.  Bright side:  under all that brown paint is a pretty little number that is going to be perfect in my living room.

And when there is so much to do for Christmas, a sane person wouldn't be - oh I don't know - spraypainting thrift store finds, right??

Let's move on to the living room:
Two weeks before Christmas and a houseful of guests, it wouldn't, say, have blue placemats propped up on pillows on the couch whilst I decide on colors.  Pay no attention to the fact that only three of the five windows have shades installed because the other two are backordered.

And then there's this:
….the cute little bamboo chair that STILL has a piece of fabric wrapped around it's hot pink cushions instead of a proper slipcover because the new fabric hasn't arrived yet.

How about you?  Are you all ready for Christmas?  Gifts bought, beautifully wrapped and nestled under your perfectly decorated tree?  Christmasy hand towels hanging in your bathroom?  Stockings hung on your mantle that's been styled with evergreens and sparky ornaments and twinkling lights?

Yeah, me neither.  The tree is up, the wreaths are hung, the nativity set is gracing our living room. But then there is the massive dose of real life that is happening under this roof.

If you're not quite ready for Christmas, don't fret.  You're not alone!  And it's not a race.

The older I get, the more able I am to let go of my vision of the perfect Christmas season.  As I look around at my still-unfinished decorating, projects half-done, and the never-ending laundry and house chores that ignore the fact that a person might be too busy for such things, I remind myself to remember what Christmas is all about.

It's about love.

Not about having a fabulously decorated home.  Even though I want one of those.

It's about doing something unexpected for a person that needs a little joy.
Giving thoughtfully, intentionally, to those in real need.
Taking the time to send out cards to let friends and family know that even if we don't see each other very often, they are thought of fondly.
Letting the kids decorate the tree the way THEY want, because someday they are going to grow up on me.
Enjoying sprucing up the house, even if it takes the whole month of December.
Finding time for a cup of coffee with a friend amidst my Christmas shopping.
Making a mess, and having some fun, with my kids in the kitchen.
Forgetting my troubles and extending some good humor to everyone I meet today…the pharmacist, the postal worker, the trash collector.

And maybe spraypainting lamps somewhere along the line too.

Merry Christmas season, my lovely friends in real life and in blogland!!  I don't tell you often enough, but I appreciate you taking time out of your busy life to stop by here, and I hope you'll make some time to enjoy this season of love too.

And don't forget!!


Calypso In The Country said...

You're so funny Lisa! Thanks for the reminder about what's really important! I am driving myself insane trying to get things done. I haven't even sent out my Christmas cards yet. And I too, have those doggy footprints. I keep a ratty old towel by the back door so I can wipe her down when she comes in but unfortunately not everyone in the house remembers to wipe her!

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

HA! Thanks for keeping it real Lisa and the truth is, it's not about all the beautiful decorations! If the only decoration you put out this year is the manger, then you chose the right one :-)

Jessica@HomewithBaxter said...

Haha! My foyer floor looks identical to yours right now. Puppy paw prints everywhere. I've stopped wiping them up right away because I know I'll be doing it again in just a few hours. I actually prayed for it to get colder so the messy paws would stop. Unbelievable, I know. We had a hard frost last night so fingers crossed! Oh yea, and my garage looks the same too. Actually was out there spray painting lamps and furniture legs this morning. My house is mostly decorated, but all the boxes for the decorations are still everywhere waiting for me to put them away. So yea, I can relate!

Michelle said...

It's like you're living at our house! Where did you order the shades from? Love the color, most I've seen are really orangey.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Fantastic! Love little peeks into real life and your house is beautiful no matter what, but your perspective and attitude about what's really important is what makes it such a warm, lovely HOME! So glad to count you as a friend this Christmas season! (Love the lamps, too-can't wait to see them all dressed up!)

Dana Frieling said...

Ahhh...love your outlook, Lisa. Your words are so true and I appreciate your transparency!

Ange said...

I was just thinking the same thing this morning, my house isn't all blog beautiful for Christmas, my tree was decorated by the kids and I am ok with all of it. :) The best part of course as you said, sharing the love and remembering Jesus. Thank you for your heart! This is why I love you!

pam {simple details} said...

I love being in the company of blogging friends ~ sharing pretty tours, real life, and the insight to know what's important! You are a gem my sweet friend! Keeping my fingers crossed for good painting weather! :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

yes yes yes! i agree with all of it!!! i have a crazy week and i need to make cookies for a swap, clean the house for my inlaws who arrive friday, but yesterday a friend i haven't been able to see for a bit because of crazy schedules, a friend who's dog was just diagnosed with cancer and doesn't have much time left.... anyhow she texted me and said you want to grab lunch. and even though i had just started making candles i said yes and went and spent two hours jus talking and catching up and it felt so good. we talked about her dog, life, our kids, and the magic of christmas and how awesome it is to pass that belief on to our children.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Now this looks familiar. I did manage to get a sad little vintage tree up in my family room much to the disappointment of my kids who were counting on a big old fresh cut tree, but other than that, not much has been done here. Thanks for keeping it real, Lisa!


Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

A beautiful post, thanks for sharing. Our main floor is decorated, or maybe some would consider over-decorated lol, but there is a reason I am not sharing photos of our basement guest suite or our bedrooms upstairs. Looking forward to getting the Christmas shopping finished too, maybe one day after work this week or if not next Monday for sure. I am NOT going near a store on Saturday.

Privet and Holly said...

Probably one of my
MOST favorite posts
that you've ever written,
Lisa!!! I SO hear you.
We had movers here to
shuffle around armoires
this week {nightmare story}
and are now dealing with
a mouse {mice?} IN THE
KITCHEN!!! Nothing says
Merry Christmas like those,
huh?? On a high point, my
cards went out Dec. 3rd.
Like you, I'm walking away
from projects, the computer
and many other things just
to stop and BE with special
friends because yes, that is
what it is truly all about.

Thanks for the validation!!

Now, go have an eggnog : )

Love ya, sweet friend!

xo Suzanne

Adelina Priddis said...

I love it! We have gingerbread houses decorating our house...and lots of stuff strewn out everywhere, boxes half packed. We're closing on our house this weekend, and hopefully moving in next week. Then we'll put our tree up.

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

Awesome post! I have one coming up too about how lame my decorations are this year. Ah well. Maybe next year. :)

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Merry Christmas, Lisa! Love this post! How true it is. Cards aren't going out this year, and mantels look like poo. But, I dd play Barbie with the young ones today. Whats a mom to do.

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

I just love this post! SO true! It's important to remember what the season is all about!