David and I opted for a table top tree this year.
A little less maintenance and a lot less cat adventures.
It, of course, had to have our favorite ornaments on it,
like this puppy we got the same year Chica came to live with us.
Or this fat angel cat, black, to remind me of my best cat ever, Georgie.
I love that the tree has my handmade touches too, like these paper love birds.
And that it is topped with something David and I created together; this stained glass star.
Little traditions that make the holiday decorating feel like home.
I was a little awed this morning by the fact that it is only 11 days until Christmas Eve.
I haven’t really done any shopping yet.
But I have made a promise to myself that this year, I will do my very best to take the stress out of the holiday.
My Christmas 2012 mantra is “Do it with Joy, or don’t do it at all !”
It has helped a great deal when I have completely taken the focus off of trying to find the people I love “the best gift ever” which I used to do in the past. Instead, I am thinking of little things that will make them smile, and let them know I love them. This feels so much better !
So I know it will all get done however it gets done, and that will be okay.
The important thing for me this season is to have a chance to put my arms around those I love and squeeze them tight.
And to bask in the joy and gratitude that we have this time together.
Now that sounds like a perfect Christmas to me !
Happy holiday preparations to you, Beautiful Ones !
May you find sweet Joy in all you do.