Sunday, December 6, 2009

Decorating for Christmas...Finally

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our house!
After spending the last few weeks decorating for Christmas for clients and friends, I am now on to my own.
We got the tree up and decorated, lights outside hung, and much of the inside decor finished. Still some odds and ends to do, but I am trying to stick with my motto to relax and enjoy the holiday, so I am doing a little at a time and trying to savor the moment.
We bought a tree sight unseen from some girls doing a fund raiser for a science trip. I am a bit of a perfectionist and it was hard for me to purchase one in this way. I am usually the "crazy" lady who has the poor lot owner opening up and standing with every tree so I can find the "perfect one". I must say that I would have never picked this tree from a lot, it is flawed and less than perfect. However, once we got it decorated the flaws are hardly noticeable. In fact it is quite beautiful.
It made me think as I was pointing out all of it's faults, that this tree is bit like all of us. Full of imperfections and flaws, yet filled with a beauty that is all our own. There are no "perfect" people and no "perfect" Christmas. Even the first Christmas was not perfect. The King of Kings had to be born in a manger, in a stable. Talk about Mary not having the Perfect Christmas.
But, there was joy and beauty in the moment. In spite of things not being perfect Mary gave birth to perfection. The only Perfect one.
May we all be willing to look beyond the "flaws and imperfections" in one another and our agendas, finding the good and the beauty in the moment as we celebrate the season of Christ's birth.


  1. So true, Debbie; I find though that sometimes we are harder on ourselves and our "flaws" than anyone else could be. Over the years, I've gotten less stressed over the holidays {I'm sure it's helped that my kids have grown up during that time, too!}.

  2. What a wonderfully heartfelt Christmas post Debbie! So true.
    I can't wait to see your lovely tree.

    Many Blessings, ~Melissa :)

  3. What a great glad God chose me DESPITE all the flaws!! :)
    Love the little ice skates ornament!!
    And about the cookbook holder. I wish I DID sell that; I could have sold about 5 by now. It is from Celebrating Home. If you will go here:
    Alicia sells it, and will give readers a discount. I ordered mine from someone else, but have since discovered her site. I really do love it!
    Take care and have a great day!
    I've YET to get my tree up so I really need to work on that! ;)


  4. What a lovely post! Although, like you, I strive to be perfect (haven't hit that mark yet!!) it is the flaws and imperfections in people and things that I am most attracted to! I don't think an antique piece of furniture with scratches and wear is flawed or imperfect...I think it has been loved! I think the flaws and imperfections is what makes us all unique!

    p.s. The skates are adorable!

  5. That is one of the most awesome things about God, he uses the unexpected to demonstate his greatness! What a great lesson in this Christmas story...thanks for the reminder!
    Your ice skates look so pretty on your tree!

    Merry Christmas

  6. Debbie!
    You won the Christmas Pins giveaway on my blog! cONGRATS!
    Now I just need you to email me your mailing address so I can ship them out to you!

    Congrats again!

  7. What a sweet post! I am a finicky old gal with my tree:) When I was little, we chopped our tree out of the woods and it was never a beauty but loved by all of us! Thanks for sharing this story! Have a blessed day!

  8. Glad that you love your tree! What a blessing you were to that girl that you bought it from!

    I loved what you wrote here... It just goes a long with my new found freedom! Thank you for posting that.

    I know your home is beautifully decorated! You do such a wonderful job from everything I've seen on here at decorating others homes! :)

    Thanks again for the fun gift you are sending, it will lift me I am sure!!!

    Happy day friend!

  9. This is a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

  10. Great post - I agree - it is the imperfections that make something beautiful!


  11. Great post...thanks for sharing this with all of us...hope you have a FUN Wednesday!


  12. I can not wait to see your tree! My ornaments were stolen when we moved this past year so I am starting from scratch! So I can't wait to see yours for inspiration!

  13. Love the ice skates! So cute. Thanks also for the green floral wire suggestion. Thanks for sharing your Christmas decor.

  14. Howdy Debbie
    and Amen to your post!
    We finally purchased our sight unseen tree last night .
    It has beed something we have done for many years now .When our son was young he thought it would be the best way starting with a surprise tree to unwrap so we have done this ever since.
    Yes this year we finally got that tree full of flaws ,but once the soft lights and home made ornaments went on it became a work of art and warmed our hearts again.
    Your post was filled with so much love and beauty today thanks for reminding us of the first Christmas.
    Blessings to you and yours
    Big Texas Hugs
    Happy Trails

  15. Beautifully said, Debbie, it is always vital that we be able to look past the imperfections in both life and those fellow human beings who fill it.

    May peace and joy be yours to cherish this holiday season, sweet friend!
    ♥ Jessica