As much as I would like you to think this is how my entire Christmas season looks, or my life for that matter, well…it’s just not. And as much as I enjoy all the picture perfect posts with inspirational words woven throughout, I decided to keep it real here. I thought about cleaning my entire house and then perfectly staging little Christmas pictures to let you in on how we do Christmas around here, but everyone’s doing that. I’m keepin’ it real here, folks, and letting you in on how it REALLY goes around here. You see, I have about 2 hours to myself right now and I don’t even know where to start.

My writing area has turned into “wrapping central.”


The pretty basket that we use to hold all of our Christmas cards is buried. Ummm…yes, that is a broken lamp. A casualty from a nerf gun war.


For some reason the kids think that by lighting this candle they are creating some sort of Christmas ambiance. Does no one else see the chaos all around it??!!


And my personal favorite, the Christmas tree from the OTHER angle! This is how we live, people. We finish what we are doing and leave it all where it is.


So, just in case you are feeling that everyone else besides you has it all together, I’m here for ya. Keepin’ it real, but with a smile on my face (most of the time). I really do love this time of year, but so often we have to be intentional about enjoying it. Life still happens. Responsibilities exist. Choices continue. But are we making the right ones? As I walked around my house taking pictures for this post, my attitude changed. I began to see the whole thing as quite comical. I looked at my stuff through your eyes and found humor. Sharing with you has lightened my load and changed my perspective. Make sure as you go through the next 2 weeks that you don’t lose sight of what is important. There are people all around you needing encouragement just as much as you. Choose one of them and take time to laugh together. It really is much better than feeling overwhelmed alone.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

I am now taking a break for Christmas, right after I find all my minions kids and get them to clean up this place, and will return to writing in January.

‘The LORD bless you, and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.’
Numbers 6:24-26

2 Replies to “Keepin’ it Real at Christmas”

  1. I can totally relate! I love the Saxon homeschool books on the floor! I feel like that’s my life these days…. Homeschool stuff everywhere! Glad I’m not the only one. ?

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