Saturday morning, I woke up to one of my most favorite sounds in the world.....
Judah, was excitedly whispering, "Mama, Mama, it really did snow! It really did!" At our place, we only had a small dusting, but still, as soon as we finished breakfast, we immediately bundled up and headed outside.
We played until our hands were numb and then we came in for a new set of warm clothes. We always get our tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving so, after warming up for a bit, we drove to the tree farm.
Walking around in the snow with my family, while searching for a tree is more than I could have ever asked for. Sure, it was cold and Eliza got fussy, but snow makes me so very happy. To me, Christmas just isn't Christmas without snow. A December without snow would be like a grilled cheese sandwich, without the cheese, The Office without Pam and Jim, or a morning without coffee----All of those being horrible things that should never happen.
After we brought our tree home and pulled out the decorations, we got a call that someone would like to see our house. We only had 20 minutes and we literally sprinted around the house, while making beds, vacuuming, loading the dishwasher and stuffing away all of the Christmas decorations. We woke Eliza from her nap, threw the kids in the car and pulled out of the driveway, with red cheeks and sweaty faces.
Having our house on the market this time of year is definitely strange, but I feel like we're making it work. As we enter this month, I'm trying to leave all expectations behind. The Christmas season isn't about checking off all the to-dos and running down the list of traditions, simply to make sure that we don't forget a single one. This season is about savoring all that it is, and being okay with what fits and what doesn't.
I feel like I'm learning that each Christmas season has it's own flavor. While they're all delicious, they all have their own taste and it's good to not try to make this year taste like last year and it's good to know that next year will taste different as well.
Right now, my flavor for this Christmas is filled with simplicity and sweet traditions. We're already enjoying doing some of the same things that we've done in the past, but because this season feels more complicated than previous years, I'm letting go of the things that feel like too much for right now.
As we enter this month, I'm looking forward to all that this season brings, trying to slow down and just enjoy this one and only December 2014. When I think about the fact that my kids will never be these exact ages for Christmas again, it just makes me want to completely extract the rush and the expectations from it. May this Christmas season be one where I learn a little more about being fully present and just enjoy the flavor of what life is right now.
A few photos from our weekend........................