The Art of Christmas

Did you come here expecting beautifully curated home decor? Perhaps some Pinterest-worthy pics of my family in matching jammies? Or tips on how to create a picture-perfect Christmas tree? Sorry, I’ve got none of that. Fun Fact: my Christmas tree just went up this past weekend.

Recently, while rushing my super-cute (yet so much work) toddler to preschool, the Lord gave me this thought: the things you focus on will define you. Oh boy, did so much conviction follow. Please, someone tell me that I’m not the only millennial who’s tired of focusing on having an “Instagram-able” existence? Here’s some real talk for you:

  • I can’t afford to go to brunch every weekend.

  • My kitchen is not all white.

  • My closet doesn’t have palm print wallpaper (shout-out to Courtney Kerr, the owner of my dream closet).

  • I don’t own copious amounts of beautiful house plants.

But you know what? I’m tired of internally whining about that. My goal is to stop focusing on what I’m “lacking” (the air quotes are because I’m not even sure I’m lacking them, I’ve found great joy in my life despite the fact that I don’t possess those things). I’m praying that I can push out the wants and bring to mind the beautiful blessings. Because that’s what makes this season merry and bright: finding joy in what’s all around me right this minute. Not the fleeting happiness from what I bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

So here’s some more real talk (aka reminders to bookmark for myself):

  • I’m healthy, have a home, never go hungry, have a closet stuffed full of clothes (& then some) and own an SUV with a windshield wiper on my back window (not joking — when I was 10 I truly thought this was the very definition of wealth).

  • My husband’s a stud (& more importantly, we strengthen and refine each other constantly).

  • The Lord blessed me with JT, a sweet firstborn who loves me with all his heart and is always up for an adventure.

  • I have countless friends and ever-loving family members who lift me up in prayer and encouragement whenever I need it. If you have a moment, please lift up my mother-in-law’s health, she’s still battling breast cancer after a diagnosis earlier this year.

As always, thanks for listening to my heart. Maybe there’s someone out there who needed this reminder.

Finally, here’s a photo of my family which should’ve been a holiday card, but I just didn’t make the time to upload it to a greeting card website: