How I am de-stressing the holidays...

...I am successfully de-stressing the holidays...I really am. You can ask my husband...like I did this morning. :) The proof is in my daily and constant state of "ahhhhhh"...you know what I mean. Want to know how? I thought you might, so I thought I would share...mostly I am reminding myself that very little of what I do in a day to day is required of me. The times that I am stressed the most are the times when I put requirements on myself...all I HAVE to do daily is feed and clothe. I am choosing to see anything else as icing on the cake...lucky for me this method is proving to provide a lot of icing. I am also choosing to live by the motto that "it is the little things that matter"...I can either spend mad hours searching endlessly for THE perfect gift or I can pour my heart into something smaller and meaningful that would mean more in the end anyway. I have nothing to prove by spending more. I continue to live in a daily state of thanks...for Doug, his job and all its perks, for Moses and a healthy baby...for anemia being the only thing that shows up on blood work...for the sweet little baby Jesus. I am also remembering that all the things I really WANT to do, don't all have to be done today...instead I am spreading them all out...for example...I have a list of probably 15 or so people that I plan on sending packages to...so instead of stressing about sending them all out at once...I am just taking 2-3 each time I go to the post office...much nicer. :) Taking the time to talk about Jesus every day with Moses...even if it seems to be small...he is remembering...every day after breakfast he asks for Jesus aka his devotional...as I read it to him he sits quietly and listens and nods and when I am done says Amen...no joke. I love that boy. :) More than anything...I am remembering that the two people I love most in the world are the two I should be focusing on. I want them to have the merriest Christmas of all...and that requires not letting other things be more important. :) How are you de-stressing your holiday?
And our baby Jesus abduction problem has been solved...I was searching high and low for this lovely Little People set...only to find it sold out everywhere I looked (I started at the Christian bookstore that had I have a 25% off coupon for)...I was even searching and calling stores near relatives to find it...I just about gave up...then my sister in law called me to say she happened to stumble upon one that just hit the shelves!!! :) The best part was that she got it for a recent sale price...making it as cheap as it was with my coupon!! :) We have it set up under the tree and Moses will just lay in front of it, his hands holding his head up and stare at it with this sweet look on his face...listening to it play "Away in a Manger" over and over. :) So, so sweet! :)
And here is a recent project...may seem random to you...unless you are Norwegian...then you will probably understand. :) All of Doug's family are from Norway...all four grandparents immigrated here when they were fairly young...and they are pretty proud of their heritage (all Norwegians seem to be---in a very good way). Doug's license plate says Norge and he has a Norway sticker on the back as well...these two things alone have caused people to either stop and ask us where we got them or to ask about the Norwegian heritage. Moses and I were leaving a Lowe's a few weeks ago and a sweet older couple was parked beside us...we got in our car, the older couple pulled out and were pretty much gone...then they pulled back into the spot beside us and excitedly rolled down the window to ask if we were Norwegian. I explained that it was my husbands family that was...which seemed to please this sweet couple and before they pulled away they said "Tell them we said Hi!". :)
Anyway...one of Doug's relatives had me make her a string of Norwegian flags a while back and now she has requested a set of Puerto Rican ones for her soon to be son-in-law. This time I am using different, more easy to work with materials...so I tried out a couple of Norwegian flags. :) I love them!! The red in the photo is not quite the color they are in real life...it's more a blue red than the orange red that shows...Let me know if any of you Norwegians out there need some of these cuties...
...they will find a happy spot among the other Norwegian items on our tree...like this one...
...and these. :) And now that I have probably bored you to tears...I am going to find something else to do...like write my Christmas letter. :)

I still want to hear how you are de-stressing your holiday...

xoxo
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8 comments:

traci said...

I absolutely, positively, without a doubt LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that nativity scene...hats off to fisher price for making it!!!!!

Naptime Crafts said...

for anyone that wants to get one they have them on ebay. Our neighbor has one and want to get one for Colleen and the new little one...that might have to wait until after Christmas!

Sarah B. said...

I work in the 4 yr old class at my Church and we got one of those nativity scenes last week...oh my goodness, the kids LOVE it and we have to take turns telling the story....over and over again. It is such a hit.

Holly said...

Bored? I don't think so. Loved this post, sweet friend.

Thanks for the tips/reminders. I've been feeling way too stressed & our lit tree is the only sign of Chrismtas here. Poor thing...no ormaments, no garlands, just lights. I'm going to focus on MY family now and decorate tonight. Thank you thank you thank you once again for your inspiration & love. xoxo

Karin Schueller said...

I find it utterly hilarious that you think you've bored ANYONE to tears. Thanks so much for sharing so many things! I am 100% Dutch...Grandparents and Great Grandparents on both sides came over on the boat. :) I have all sorts of crazy Dutch stuff..down to little wooden shoes hanging on my tree. :)

Thank you for the reminder to de-stress the holidays. I was full of Christmas cheer a few weeks ago...then my in-laws showed up to stay in my basement until Christmas. They are AMAZING, wonderful people and I want to please them...and have been worrying about the 'icing' way too much! Going to sit next to my Christmas Tree and listen to Sara Groves new Christmas CD tonight. :) Thanks Crystal!!!

Greg, Jessy, Grace, Jack, Nora, and Lexi said...

Ah!! We have Norwegian flags on our tree too! Got them while visiting family there! Fabulous! I thought my husband's family were the only crazy Norwegians! Glad to see I'm not alone! ;)

LuLu said...

Little People nativity scene is the best. I have it in my home too! Loved your post. I'm not stressing either this year. Have a grand time crafting fun things for the home for my family and they are loving the extra homemade touches!! Life is good.

sara said...

This was so good for me to read today. Thank you. I needed that. :)

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