There are so many things I like about this time of year, but one of my favorite things happened tonight as I was sitting on the couch, cuddling my baby girl.
I glanced out the window, and to my absolute delight, I saw snow falling in the light of a street lamp almost directly outside my window! It's amazing how quickly a peaceful feeling follows a sigh like that. I couldn't resist turning off all the lights in the room and just standing by the window, watching the falling snow. It's one of the most peaceful things in the whole world. That, and holding a sleeping baby, which I was. :)
I went out today with my two kidlets and experienced another side of this time of year that wasn't quite as peaceful. :P Christmas shopping. At least, that's what everyone else was doing. I'm doing most of my shopping online this year, and it's so much more enjoyable! I learned awhile ago that the whole fun of Christmas shopping, the excitement of finding the *perfect* gift, the meandering through shops while sipping a hot drink, the enjoyment of the streets and stores decorated for Christmas, can all be blighted by the enormous pressure that comes by needing to tick off as many items on your gift shopping list in a relatively short period of time, while trying not to get overrun by the other shoppers who have the same objective. Stress can so quickly creep in and nearly ruin Christmas shopping.
I can't stand the over-commercialized, quantity over quality mindset that seems to be so prevalent in our culture. I love bringing things back to simplicity, and quality, and really taking time to enjoy *the moment*. I don't want to do things for no reason, I want to know why I do things, why my family does things, to live deliberately, and fully.
Three newly acquired decorations, I thought they were pretty adorable!
This is the only Christmas tree we have currently. It's only about a foot and a half tall, but it's so cute, and it's better than nothing!
My little Jasmine sleeps with her eyes buttoned up at night, it's so stinkin' cute! (gold star to everyone who knows where the "buttoned eyes" reference comes from. :P)