Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas, from my house to yours!

For those of us who celebrate Christmas, this is crunch time. The hustle, the bustle, the scurrying about, will go into full force this week. Stress is high, budgets are tight, and expectations soar.  It's so easy to get caught up in it all, and forget the meaning of the season. For Christians, it is the celebration of the birth of the baby Jesus. How often that important detail gets lost among the ribbon and tinsel, the lights and presents. That little baby, that came into the world so humbly many years ago, is the reason we are celebrating. I embarrassed to say, that image hasn't crossed my mind nearly as much as it should have these past few weeks.

Whether you are celebrating Christmas or not, I hope all of you are finding some time to take care of yourself during this hectic time. Sip a cup of tea, take a long walk, or nap, whichever is needed most, and give yourself a break for what you do or don't and/or holiday related. I looked at my "to do" list and shaved off a few things that I think matter, but might not. Just crossing them off me list made me sigh with relief. For me, it has been hard to maintain a stress free environment. I am hyper by nature, and I should be thin as a rail, the way I buzz around all day, multi tasking! The scale is up today, but I shrugged it off, and onward I continue. Did I make a few poor choices this week? Yes, I did, but I got back on track yesterday. That feeling of strength I was writing about a few posts ago, got lost in this last week. But I found, if I stop, take a breath, focus on what I want, and where I'm going, it's easy to get back on track. I'm not letting any little slips, turn into a big fall.

I wish all of my blogger friends a wonderful Christmas! I wish you some  peace and quiet moments, some merriment, and lots of laughs and hugs. May you make some wonderful memories with those you love! 

Thought for the day: Silent night.....Holy night....All is calm.....All is bright.......


  1. Good morning my friend! What a lovely post, but then again, you always have great wisdom to share. :) Your home is beautiful and I love your tree too! You are so right, in that we do tend to forget the reason we are celebrating. I wish it werent so commercialzed.
    My scale was up a little today too so dont feel bad, I am hopping in your boat but we wont be in it for long. I think its important to just keep things in check & get through all of the food etc the best we can. I bought a bottle of my favorite wine from aone of our local wineries and I plan to indulge on Christmas eve. Cant wait!! I dont drink much, usually only have a little on christmas or holidays. I prefer to chew my calories! hahaha! Have you tried the Choco vine wine ye? Its def not BFC approved but OMG is it fantastic!! ITs chocolate flavored red wine. If you see it at the liquor store, get a bottle. You wont be disappointed!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours Pattie! So glad to have you as one of my friends and I am counting my blessings and "knowing" you is among one of them.
    ((BIG HUGS)) to you!!

  2. Great advice Pattie! I will try to step back and take a little break today. Merry Christmas!

  3. Merry Christmas, Pattie! Gotta run, and get myself to work! :)

  4. Hi All,

    I had to close my blog, and set up a new one, because I was having so many troubles with it. Here's my new blog address...

    Hope to see you all at my "new" blog.


  5. Your home is stunning:) I hope you take your own advice and find some time for you too. We can hit it hard in January if need be!
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Pattie, Just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing such a wonderful blog. We often forget what Christmas is truly about and let all the stress and craziness take over. May God bless you and your family. I hope to get back to blogging soon.

  7. Pattie your house is so beautiful! I agree we need to take care of ourselves especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Coffee, tea, naps, Christmas movies are some of my favorites this holiday season. Have a wonderful day and Merry Christmas :)

  8. Ah -what lovely pictures. I know you appreciate beauty. Thanks for sharing a 'snapshot' of your life.
    Merry Christmas

  9. Your house looks beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!