What Christmas Means to Me

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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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!!!



Thursday 17th of December 2015

Impressive or not, Family and Christ truly is what's important amidst this Christmas hoopla. Thank you for joining the 12 days of Christmas Blogger tour Link Party!Merry Christmas!


Friday 18th of December 2015

Thank you for hosting Vel. Merry Christmas!

Mother Soph

Wednesday 24th of December 2014

Melanie, Loving the sweetness of your thoughts and the things that r precious to you. As one gets older and we reflect back these are treasures that are worth more than gold. Continue to treasure the imperfectness of the of these childlike memories. I too love these!!!

Diane | An Extraordinary Day

Monday 22nd of December 2014

Melanie, your post touched my heart. You know I don't usually do features the night of the party, but I am featuring your post. Thanks for being real and sharing your heart. A beautiful sincere heart does more to inspire this season than the most perfectly decorated home. [[hugs]] Merry Christmas!


Wednesday 7th of January 2015

Thank you so much Diane! I have been so behind that I completely missed this comment and your feature. I so appreciate it though, and I hope that my post was encouraging to others. Happy New Year to you!

Barbara Ann

Monday 15th of December 2014

I'm with you! I read this as I was trying to get with it. Downstairs is almost done. But our small tree is still not decorated. Brought the decorations out but forgot the lights. Oh well tomorrow. Between shopping out orders and picking cookie recipe's. Thank God I have a box of See's. Candy! Oh and I love the plastic nativity set for the yard! I've always wanted a set. I scour yard sales looking for a set. Merry Christmas Barbara Ann etsy.com/shop/barbaraannscreations


Monday 15th of December 2014

I think we can all relate! And that's what makes you endearing to your readers! Good for you that you can enjoy your kids and not cave to the pressure. I would much rather read posts like this. Btw I have not had time to even read your recent blogs and am going to enter giveaway now!!! They're all waiting till things slow down!!!

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