Monday, November 30, 2009

Relax! Have Fun!

Hope everyone felt extra blessed this Thanksgiving weekend.
We spent a wonderful weekend with our daughter and her hubby. We had the best time. We helped them paint the new basement that includes a giant family room, a full bath, and an office/bedroom. We worked hard and laughed a lot! If you know us, laughing is what we do best! They are expecting our first grandchild in April and we are so excited! It was fun to see the ultrasound videos and talk about nursery decorating plans etc. We feel so blessed to have them include us in all of this.
This brings me to my point.
As Christmas approaches it seems the world goes into a sort of frenzy. Everyone becomes so wrapped up in what they feel are the "have tos" that we all forget to enjoy the simple moments of faith, family, and friendships. I can't help but think that if we would all just Relax and Refocus and get back to what is really important, the holiday season would be filled with the magic and wonder of our childhood memories. I for one am going to try this and quit trying to create the "perfect" Christmas. I love Christmas and have a zillion Christmas traditions. I have more decorations than anyone should have,I could open my own shop and fill it up I think. There is such a thing as going overboard. While all of the "stuff" of Christmas is fun and part of our traditions, the reason for this season is Jesus and for me, this is where the focus should be. Won't you join me in trying to relax and simplify this holiday season?

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Gina is doing a day of givewaways you won't want to miss!!


  1. Oh I am so glad I stopped over for a visit, I love all your designs, I love this Christmas Carnival that is going on such a fun way to celebrate the upcoming holidays.


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    (¸.•´ (¸.+´♥ Heidi ♥)

  2. Debbie, thank you so much for leaving such a sweet comment about our Spotty boy. Your kindness means so much. I will be sure to check out your lovely shop, too!

    All my best, Donna

  3. Thank you for coming over to my blog. I am enjoying yours also. Yours is so pretty. I will sign up to be a follower also. I will be coming back!

    I really enjoyed your Thanksgivng message. It really touched my heart. I love Jesus sooooo much.

    Blessings to you new friend!
    Prairie Flower

  4. What a lovely post! I only do what I can. What doesn't get done, doesn't get done. I try my best but I can't make it perfect, never have made it perfect, and never will make it perfect!

  5. Great post - It is always nice to remember to relax and enjoy the moments!


  6. I am trying really hard to finish what I am going to do and NOT worry about what I don't get done! I don't like gift bags at Christmas but am gonna get over that this year:) Have a blessed day!

  7. Hi Debbie!
    You must be going out of your mind in anticipation of the baby! Very fun!
    I AGREE! If you can't enjoy what you are doing to make your season bright, you should cut back! Why do people let themselves get stressed out over this? It should be a fun time. No one expects one person to "do it all". I have a close friend who just stresses out beyond belief this time of year. I told her to just STOP! She's missing the point!
    Just a reminder I have you signed up for the Dec Doors of Welcome. Yes? Let me know!
    HAGD! karen

  8. Great message about what's REALLY important this season, thank you!
    And thanks so much for entering my giveaway, best of luck!

  9. Hi Debbie dear, isn't it marvelous that Christmas season is upon us? I adore everything about this incredible time of the year and feel your enthusiasm for the season, too! :)

    Wishing you a gorgeous and serene month of bliss and many wonderful memories!
    ♥ Jessica

  10. Thanks for that awesome post...we all need to just slow down! Hope you have a wonderful week Debbie!


  11. Simple is the way we do it around here! We like to focus on the compassion and the love and the REAL reason for this whole hubbub! LOL!

  12. Thank you for stopping by my blog!!! I love the picture of the Jesus ornament. Your tree is simply divine!! I love your blog and am now a follower.

  13. I would imagine doing something you love, decorating was the highlight on top of all the laughter to spend with your family! I love laughing!

    Your post is so true. Just found out that all of A's activities are stopping until the new year, so thankfully we can breathe and take time out to just relax. This makes for a non-rushed month and holiday to say the least! I also couldn't imagine Jesus not being the focus on our holiday each and every year! Jesus' birth is a sight to behold and I for one cannot wait to make our creation for him on Christmas Eve and sing happy birthday too {we make a Jesus birthday cake every single year on Christmas Eve!}.

    May you be blessed in the beautiful of today!

  14. I love the ornament. Great post! Thanks for the heads up about the giveaway.

  15. I couldn't agree with you more! I have given up on a perfect holiday..which is really just something we conjure up in our minds. Sounds like you had a great time with your daughter and son in law. That's so neat!

  16. I completely agree with everything you've said in this post - hard to keep the balance sometimes. Jesus is the reason, as we all know, and this is an excellent reminder! Thank you...

  17. How fun to help your daughter work on the basement and plan the nursery!

    My family is a "laughing" family too! Nothing feels better.

    I loved this post.


  18. Great post girl...I wished we could go back to when times were simpler and trees didn't have to have a theme each year ha ha!! Hey as a kid we felted lucky to have a tree of any kind and Santa pay us a visit...How fun being a grandma you will love it my friend...I have 7 of them now all grown up and plus the 5 grands and one more on the way in June 2010 WOW!! just toss them my checkbook at Christmas and be done ha ha!! May you have a great day girl on your side of the mountain...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  19. B-R-E-A-T-H-E:) Relax and enjoy the season, my dear! I am trying to finish anything that needs to be done and have the last weeks to just enjoy the season. I love Christmas but it does seem as though we spend too many hours rushing around and don't have time to just ENJOY! Have a blessed day!