Christmas – Embracing the Imperfection!

I am so christmassy, literally I wait and wait for this time of year. My husband calls me Mrs Christmas and its true. I love my title 🙂

Do you ever feel though that the pressure of having the perfect Christmas hangs over you all December?

If so you are so not alone….

We see it on the adverts, the perfect meal, perfect table setting, gorgeous outfit, perfect children, nails manicured, perfectly tidy house and we love all that. What they fail to include though is the bugs the children and adults get, the financial stress that can be there, the house full of wrapping paper from all the wrapping and the hunt for the sellotape (again!), the late nights, washing baskets that are full, house a bit of a tip, the tiredness that might be there and the tears we cry over the sadness at those family members lost. I’ve learnt though these are all beautiful parts of it, its a jumbled mix.

In the same way, we can see the perfect nativity scene on the front of the Christmas cards. They are all sat in a circle looking fabulous! However as us ladies know childbirth is rarely straightforward and you don’t really want a photo of yourself afterwards! It is painful, feeding can be painful, they had no baby wipes, nappies, a washer or a dryer, no Tommie Tippee milk machines, bottles or dummies. Yikes! Although the nativity picture looks perfect it probably wasn’t. The perfection is that he came to an imperfect world to save us.

Don’t let the little things you see as an interruption this month rob you of the joy of this beautiful season.  We can sometimes feel like we have failed if we haven’t delivered the perfect year, perfect presents, perfect schedule but its just not true! The perfection of Christmas is the story itself and the hope and joy it brings.

I hope you enjoy every minute of your festive season this year with all that it holds.

Its the moments you have right now, the love that is around you and the people to cherish. When we let go of the perfect Christmas which doesn’t really exist and enjoy just where we are and what we have, and do what we love to do for Christmas, that is beautiful! Don’t let pesky perfectionism rob any more precious moments.

Heres some of my lovely moments so far this year….

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I love when the baubles are all scattered on the table waiting to be put on the tree 🙂

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This was our little treat this year, its from Daisy nook garden centre, we added the lights.

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This decoration always reminds me of our family in heaven, who are always in our thoughts at this time of year.

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So cute!

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My lovely angel I got this year.

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My handmade orange decorations, yum!

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The tree!

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The rustic look, so need more of this look next year.

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Glorious berries!

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Santa!

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Our front door.

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JOY! YES!

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Our cathedral tree.

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Oh yes! Hot choc and marshmallows.

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Pretty trees with huge decorations!

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Merry Christmas everyone, have a wonderful time! x x x

 

Blessing Jar

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Hi everyone, hope you are having a super day!

This week I was thinking about thankfulness and positivity and focusing on the good.

I had read a blog by the fabulous Lawrenson about this very subject and her idea of writing down down all the lovely things that happen this year. Whether its an act of kindness, a little unexpected gift, a kind word, a compliment, something that is just lovely and touches you, collecting them all year in your little jar and then enjoying reading them at the end of the year.

This has blessed us this week, my little girl gets involved too and has her own, its great fun thinking of kind things that have happened that day to us both and popping it in the jar 🙂

I hope it inspires you to make one, and I hope we all end up in someone else’s jar, how great would that be!

You can check out the Lawrenson blog here:

https://www.lawrenson.co/blogs/news/hit-refresh-our-guide-to-making-2018-your-best-year-yet-part-1

Happy making

x x x

Teacup flowers

Hi, hope you are all looking forward to spring! I am so excited for spring, to see the fresh flowers popping up, and the sun shining.

On a very wet day last week after a very soggy school run, wishing for spring, I popped into my local supermarket and bought some flowers, and this gave me an idea to make some teacup mini vases.

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They look super cute and were good fun to make and made the day brighter, the cups I found in a charity shop and were so inexpensive. (I love giving abandoned teacups a new life 🙂 and theres always loads in charity shops, yay!). I actually got the idea from one of Kirstie Allsopp’s programmes so thanks Kirstie.

Would highly recommend this lovely little craft!

Hope you give it a go!

Happy crafting!

J x