Christmas Expectations

Christmastime has to truly be the most magical time of year.
Every little part creates a happy ache inside.

I love the last minute shopping
the family get togethers
the special treats
the music
the traditions
the moments of reflecting on how amazing it is that Jesus would come to live among us

Sometimes I wish it was Christmas all the time.

And then suddenly, before I know it, Christmas Eve is here and I get a little sad.  How can the most wonderful time of year be ending so soon?!  I'm not ready. . .

Maybe it's my over achieving spirit or my painfully nostalgic heart, but there's always a bit of disappointment over lost Christmas expectations.  Am I the only one to experience this?

My list this year of unmet expectations is rather long and I feel a little disappointed in myself yet again.  And then it's like God reminds me that it's less about my impressive list of ways I created 2012's World's Greatest Christmas Celebration and more about taking time to love the moments right in front of me.

So even though that vintage garland of lights never got displayed {it was my proud $1 steal of the year!}
and our epic Christmas card is still floating around my brain {new year's cards, anyone?!}
and my special handmade gifts for friends have yet to be completed
and the Christmas candy plates for neighbors never happened

Even though I never planned on those romantic holiday dates for Husband
or made the perfect gingerbread houses,
Saw the Christmas play that looked so amazing
or sewed the vintage tree skirt for our tree {I guess that plastic tree bag clumped around the base is all we get to look at after all}

Despite it all,
I love that I get to spent Christmas Eve with my crazy big family tonight
and open gifts with my favorite boy tomorrow morning and maybe just enjoy waffles in bed

I love that our week in Colorado with Husband's family was so special in it's own way
and I actually completed the little doll family for Little Adorable Niece!

I love that Jesus loved me enough to live among us so many years ago so I have hope for life.
This is the true beauty of Christmas that I want to celebrate

And who knows, maybe just maybe I'll actually make a gingerbread house next year. . .

Merry merry Christmas, lovelies.


  1. I totally wish I could have gotten more done before Christmas!

    Love your decorations and wrappings!

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  3. Hope you had a fantastic Christmas! Happy New Year! :) Love how you wrapped your gifts. You look fantastic! Such a cute belly you have! :)
    p.s. love seeing all the pics of your family!

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