Confession–I am feeling very overwhelmed.  These past few weeks have flown by at breakneck speed, and I have found myself 11 days away from Christmas with so many holiday “chores” left to do.

I have teacher gifts to get, family presents to mail, Christmas cards to address and send out, gingerbread cookies to make, Nutcracker tickets to find . . . you get the picture.

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Even more stressful than those personal chores though is this nagging feeling that my blog has not been “Christmas-worthy”.

I haven’t posted lots of great DIY Christmas ideas for you all. I haven’t posted a Christmas home tour.  I haven’t posted Christmas cookie recipes.

To be perfectly honest, this blog has taken a total backseat to life as of late, and I feel like a DIY blogger failure (*see shameless plug for encouraging comments here*).

I don’t have anything absolutely fantastic to share with you today.

Is that ok with you though?

Do we really need anymore project ideas, decorating fantasies, or handmade present ideas now that we are 11 days out?

Right now, I just can’t handle any more Christmas “to-do’s”, and I’m betting that you can’t either.  So instead, here is my Christmas post where I share the basics–our non-fancy, non-perfectly decorated Christmas.

Our family Christmas celebrates Jesus.

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My old, plastic light-up nativity set may seem cheap to some, but my kids absolutely love it. They spend time outside carrying Baby Jesus around the yard, acting out how they remember the Christmas story going down.

Their little handmade Christmas crafts are my absolute most precious treasures.

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Clothespin Jesus laying on a toilet paper roll manger gets front and center decorating attention.

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I know these things aren’t really magazine-worthy decorations, but they are the things that make up my Christmas at home.

Christmas to me is about our family remembering where we have been and dreaming of where God might take us in the future.

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Spending time exercising gratitude for all we have been blessed with and delighting in the small, magical moments that the season brings.

That is what Christmas means to me.

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Thank you all for still following along with me, even when I don’t have anything impressive to share.

I hope that your Christmas season is blessed and that you enjoy the simple treasures.

Merry Christmas!!!

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