Posted on Dec 23rd, 2011 by Allison (Whatever)

This year has gone by incredibly fast – and this month in particular. I can hardly believe that Christmas is only a day away.

Is it just me, or do the holidays feel like they’re rushing upon us like river rapids?

I decided to keep things simple – my only decorations are my horizontal Christmas tree (garland above my fireplace, with some of my favorite ornaments) and a collection of three small sparkly snowflake trees on the mantle.

I was inspired by my son’s Christmas plans, and tried to keep gifts simple, but meaningful. Yet, despite my intention to make it a low-key Christmas, I found myself rushing around to get gifts finished and mailed off in time to be received by the big day.

I got some hair-brained idea that I wanted to sew some gifts this year (which is ridiculous, since I don’t sew). It really would have been much simpler and less time consuming to just go buy gifts. But no, once I got the idea, I was a woman possessed. So it’s my own fault that I lived in chaos (and fabric stores) for 2 weeks.

And now, the holiday is upon us. Are you ready? What exciting (or boring) plans do you have?

Whatever your plans (and do please share them), I hope you have a wonderful Christmas – or whatever holiday you celebrate 🙂

(7) Comments   


Jean on December 24th, 2011 at 12:12 am

I went to a simple gift for each grandchild and a couples gift for my kids. However with 25 grandchildren and 5 1/2 couples its pretty overwhelming. I have enjoyed Christmas programs and Parties and I look forward to daughter Tori and her family arriving around midnight tomorrow night. With all of this … Hard as I try I’m not ready, so its a good thing that it comes .. ready or not!

My goal for the future is to truly make things simpler and remember that I am not in charge of Christmas anymore (This bit of wisdom comes from oldest son Ben)

So far the most fun was an album of originally written and sung songs by son Ben. He is very talented and it was the Best!

I love Christmas and swear every year that I will keep it simple and celebrate the love and peace Christmas brings.. But somehow I seem to get caught up in the commercial too often.

Last year I decided to make pajamas for my brood. I made 35 pair of PJs between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was a ton of work but I must say I enjoyed it more than anything I ever purchased.

Ok…its late and I am rambling.. Merry Christmas everyone…

Michelle on December 24th, 2011 at 8:15 am

Just like Jean, Tim and I swear a blood oath over a burning fire of last years unused gifts to keep it simple but alas it never ever happens. We get caught up in the hustle and bustle and our oath begins to unravel.

Family will be at our house tonight. It will be Ivy’s first Christmas, I’m very excited to see her. Everyone is helping with dinner and Erica has a funny new game we are going to play.

I love Christmas in Phoenix, my geraniums and oranges are gorgeous, my lawn is green and it’s still cold enough at night to light a fire.

Merry Christmas Allison!

Brandon Pearce on December 24th, 2011 at 8:35 am

I love your ornaments — they’re so beautiful!! It sounds like you’ve been busy but that you’ve been giving a lot of love in the gifts you’ve prepared.

We’re just going to play it by ear on Christmas. We have no concrete plans. The only thing we know for sure is that will be spending the day together, and that’s what we’re most happy about.

Irene on December 24th, 2011 at 11:59 am

Christmas at the cabin in front of a warm fire ( 10 degrees today) It’s beautiful and peaceful. My thoughts turn to a wonderful family and good friends. I’m blessed with both.

Paul on December 24th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

We’ve been keeping it simple for years now. I do all my shopping on line which means grand kids and father and we throw cash at everyone else. Let them do there own shopping. I sound like a grinch but I’m so not… I love Christmas even though I’m not Christian. I love their soundtrack. Tomorrow it’s just going to be me and craig and a couple cornish game hens. I can’t wait.

Ashley Rae on December 24th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I love your horizontal Christmas tree. And the purple star is beautiful 🙂

Christmas plans… hanging out with Kennedy tonight. Vegas tomorrow! 😀

Love you and Merry Christmas!

J'Neil on December 25th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I, too, love your horizontal Christmas tree. It’s very fun, festive and (hmm… another word that starts with f… ) fashionable! 🙂 My Christmas plans have been playing games with family, watching my cat play in the wrapping paper, messing around with my wonderful christmas gifts, and perhaps this evening somemore games and visiting. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful christmas as well. Will you join us up here!?! 🙂

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