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Keeping It Real also Known As None of Us Have It All Together

Christmas Party 2013

I had planned to share a fun and delicious holiday recipe with you all today. I made the recipe last week, took the pictures, and had it planned for today. I was determined to get the recipe up in time for the holidays, but then life happened.

The photos are still on my camera card, I have no clue where I put the hand written notes for the recipe, and I have not gotten as much accomplished tha last few days as I had planned.

I could have rearranged my schedule or stayed up late downloading pictures and finding the recipe, but I knew that was not the best option. The reality is things will go on even if I don’t share that recipe.

Finishing up our homeschool week so we can take some time off the next two weeks came first, as it should. Hopefully clean clothes and floors without crumbs will also happen at some point this week.

Like many of you I am feeling a bit stressed out and overwhelmed right now. Many days there is just too much to do and not enough time. Or at least it often feels that way.

The reality is though that life happens. None of us have it all together. None of us can do it all. Many of us are feeling stressed out and overwhelmed.

Some of us, yes I am talking to myself, need to step back and take a deep breath and remember that life is not about picture perfect, especially this time of year.

I love this post that my friend Connie wrote about The Worlds Okayest Mom. This really hit home for me. And these things are true anytime of year, not just the holidays.

I can totally relate to what Connie said. I am about as non crafty as you can get. And singing, well that is certainly not my talent. When it comes to food, I love to make it taste great, but when it comes to presentation I am definitely lacking.

If any of you came to my house right now, let me just say you would be very disappointed in my Christmas decor. It is about as far from Pinterest perfect as you can get. And let’s not talk about Christmas cards. I can’t remember the last time I did those.

We live in a world that strives for picture perfect everything, but life is not about picture perfect.

This time of year should be about making memories and spending time with family and friends. My goal for today is to step back, take a deep breath, and focus on that.

I think a few good Christmas movies and a few cups of hot chocolate may be happening at my house this week.

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  1. I feel for you! You are ahead of me on Christmas decor. We don’t even have our tree up! Baking? I may pretend to be Sandra Lee this year. I am cutting out so much I “use” to do at Christmas.

    Enjoy your menu’s and recipes. Especially, the quick ones! Thanks!

  2. Thanks, Lynn!

  3. Thanks for sharing, Lynn. Your focus is the way it should be. I’ve tried to get myself revved up to do a bunch of posts and, like you, decided that it’s not worth it. I want to enjoy Christmas and not feel overly stressed. We’re doing a much, much simpler Christmas this year and I’m letting go of decorations and more. We won’t have our usual big tree up, but instead I’m focusing on simple decorations like candles in the windows, some small table-top Christmas trees, a Christmas pyramid, etc. It seems right and putting everything away will be a breeze. 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Wow! If you only knew! I needed that bit of encouragement today! Thank you so much!

  5. Thank you for posting this. What a timely and much needed reminder for me today. I was taking a quick coffee break from homeschooling to catch up on my email, and there you were 🙂
    Have a terrific Christmas!

  6. Lynn,
    Thank you so much for your post! This could have been something I wrote. I am so disorganized this year that I just put up the Christmas decorations and only put out about a quarter of them. I’m just not feeling it. Luckily my kids are so busy that they don’t seem to care as long as they have food in their stomach every night they are good!


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