Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Startin' the season off right

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!