The 2nd Annual Christmas of Yes

The 2nd Annual Christmas of Yes

Do you remember last year’s Christmas of Yes?

I’m doing it again.

It is December 5th. My house is decorated, meaning my kids put up the fake tree that I bought for $11 5 years ago and say every year that I will get rid of it this year and we’ll get a new real or at least big tree but still haven’t done it. Every year, the kids take that ratty little tree out and they put the ornaments they made in preschool on there and some lights and some shiny balls and their eyes are full of wonder. And so a newer, bigger, real-er tree will have to wait.

We also strung up some white lights in the living room. I love sitting in there at night or early in the morning with my coffee and just enjoying the quiet glow reminding me that it’s that magical time of year.

It is December 5th and I’ve finished my shopping. It’s easy when the list is small. Yet again, we’re doing 4 things each – something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read. They get Christmas jammies on Christmas eve and some art stuff in their stockings. And too much stuff from the grandmas and grandpas. And for the next 20 days I don’t have to think about “do I have enough stuff for them?” Of course I do. It’s not about the stuff. I will enjoy wrapping the gifts that I know they’ll love instead of a bunch of junk that they’ll forget about 32 seconds after they open it.

We’ll make cookies when they are out of school the week before Christmas. We’ll go to the Winter Wonderland and ice skate and pretend we’re not in Florida one day. We’ll read books and flip the tabs of the advent calendar and we’ll talk about the many things this time of year means other than what we’re going to get. It will be simple, plain, and wonderful.

I won’t do things I don’t want to just because I feel like I have to. We’ll stumble upon a new fun tradition by accident like we always do. That’s what happens when we let the season happen to us instead of forcing something out of it that isn’t real.

Yes, this will be the 2nd year of saying yes to the good stuff and spending these days soaking it all in rather than scrambling until it’s over and wondering how it went so fast.

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  1. I love that 4 things for the kids! Lovely post & I sit by the Christmas lights with my coffee in the morning as well ;)
    Enjoy your new look! Let me know if you need anything-anytime!

  2. What a great way to enjoy Christmas! I love it and wish that more people felt that way. I also like my coffee by Christmas lights in the morning! Thank you for reminding people the reason for the season.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, and Happy New Year too!

  3. I’m pretty sure I read about the ’4 Things’ approach to Christmas right here first. And am so grateful I did. It completely changed the way Christmas runs around here. (Although I will admit I still stress about stocking stuffers. Silly, I know.)

    I love the Advent season here at our house for all the same reasons – each year I think I inch a little closer to a better understanding myself, and am able to then share that with my kids.

    AND?!? LOVE LOVE LOVE your new look! Very you. ;)

  4. very inspiring :) well done you – best le xox

  5. Love this, Emily!

  6. I LOVE this idea. It sounds like a wonderful way to declutter Christmas and actually allow for space to focus on peace on earth and all of those good things!

  7. Good stuff. But what about the birth of Jesus?

  8. Good for you. Your kids will remember Christmas as time spent with their mother, not as their mother being to stressed to spend time with them.

  9. I love the 4 things idea, too. We’ve been telling our son that it is “Christoolie’s birthday” (Greek for the birthday of Jesus” and that everyone gets “a present from Santa if they’re good to celebrate.” He’s happy about getting “only” one gift from Santa, and another small gift from us. Of course, the rest of the family spoils him a bit too much, but we choose our battles. We try and focus family on limiting their gifts. Fortunately, we have the excuse of living in a very small space so it’s worked well for us.

  10. the important and lasting memories are not the gifts, but the time spent together. You’ve got it right!

  11. I just stumbled across your blog and read your post from last year. For some reason I have felt disconnected from Christmas this year and I think, after reading this, that I finally realize why. I want things to be simple and to remember why I love this time of year so much. Thank you for the beautiful reminder. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  12. Well, I love this. :)


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