Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sometimes Christmas means

Thomas boys' gingerbread train wreck
No doubt Christmas is a beautiful time of year, conjuring up idyllic scenes with hot chocolate,  stunning trees, impeccably decorated homes, heirloom ornaments and no kitsch in site.  But, sometimes it means you just get out of the way and let the children do the decorating.  I have been prowling around different blogs and have yet to find one with some realistic Christmas crafts and or decorations.  There are LOTS of sites about decorating for Christmas, but I'll tell you this much, the minute I put up that Southern Living tree, somebody's going to stick a handmade soaked in glitter ornament on it. 
proudly decorated by the baintrain
In my former life as a perfectionist, I used to rearrange ornaments and only use white lights.  I got stressed out just putting the tree up and would tweak it for days...even writing that wears me out now.  As the baintrain has grown, I've noticed how nostalgic they get when pulling out the ornaments hand made years ago.  I cannot bear to be the joy stealer who says,  No, that's not going on our tree.   Somewhere along the way I've regained some focus.  I've realized Christmas means making people as happy as humanly possible.  And if that means colored lights, gingerbread train wrecks and handmade ornaments gobbing up the limbs of our less than perfect tree, so be it.  Southern Living can search elsewhere for their holiday photo spread.

The baintrain and Numbers 1-4 will not be the kind of boys whose Christmas memories consist of don't touch that, just let me do it, or that's not going on our tree...We want them to remember the happiness of being part of a large family, the joy of each others company and the magical surprises. That gingerbread train wrecks taste as good as a perfect gingerbread house, and that sparkly, gaudy trees are awfully fun to decorate.

Hoping your Christmas is Merry, Tasty and Bright!

Em and Lib

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Graceful said...

I am giddy with delight over your not-so-perfect Christmas decorations. Finally, someone who tells it like it is. I so appreciate that. Thank you for this sweet and funny post!

Nan said...

Merry Chrisrmas and Happy New Year 2011.

Best Wishes and Happiness.

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