I've got the tree up, the window trimmed with boughs of (fake) evergreen, my 2 nativities are in place, the stockings are hung, and I've got little Christmas nick-nacks here and there around the house. It looks beautiful!
...Unless, you happen to look anywhere that isn't a Christmas decoration. My house is a mess. All day, everyday, and there is nothing I can do about it. Sure, I could clean it up, and I do.... occasionally, but for what? For it to just get messed up again? And again. And again. And again. You get the picture. Then I just get all upset and annoyed. Plus, I am always tired. Who has the energy to clean up 4 times a day? Not me. I try to get it cleaned at the end of the day, but I'm not gonna lie, it doesn't always happen. It sounds so easy: Clean up the house once a day, after the kids go to sleep. But actually doing that takes so much more energy than I am willing to exert at that particular time of day. Most days.
Any-hoo, I actually managed to get my act together last night... I straightened up, did the dishes, wiped the kitchen table off for the first time in a couple days (don't judge), made a delicious AND healthy dinner for the fam, did some more dishes and put the kids down. Having a clean kitchen inspired me, so I turned on a Christmas movie and got started on some english toffee.
Yummy! (said in a high-pitched sing-songy voice) Both batches turned out scrumptious, if I do say so myself. I think I am going to for-go the peppermint bark this year because, well, have you been reading this post?? I just don't think I have it in me. But I am going to try this delicious looking recipe this weekend, so that's something, right?
All joking aside, I absolutely LOVE this time of year, and am trying not to waste a minute of it. We are talking a lot about Christ in our home this season, and focusing more on the true meaning of Christmas. Which should be easy to do, since I am already done (DONE!) with my Christmas shopping, so I don't have to think about that anymore. Today we are making these when Asher gets home from school. I'm sure it's not going to go as smoothly as I invision it in my mind, but I am fine with that. The kids will have fun, we will be able to talk about the baby Jesus, and eat candy. Doesn't get much better than that!