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!!