Monday, December 24, 2012

Martha, Martha

 If Thanksgiving is a holiday where I work like a slave in the kitchen for days, I'm trying to not let Christmas become that and it would be so easy to do.  My favorite Christmas memory with my children is from a couple of years ago when I collapsed on the floor in exhaustion and my two boys who were still just babies, laughed and cuddled and crawled all over me.  That moment was pure happiness.  And so I try to keep that image in my mind as my goal for the big holiday.  THAT is what I am trying to achieve, not culinary perfection or a home straight out of Pinterest.  It is hard for me, but here is what I am doing to let go of my Martha tendencies and just enjoy the holiday.

my cardinal tree topper that I just love
We eat more junk food.  We just do and I don't stress about it.  For breakfast Christmas morning, we still need protein, so I buy those Little Smokies sausages and crescent rolls in the tube and make pigs in a blanket for us to munch on while we exchange gifts. 

I try to also have some tempting fruit available.  This year, we are doing our big dinner on Christmas Eve, so lunch on Christmas Day will just be leftovers.  I'm liking this arrangement more and more.

For dinner, we are having frozen pizza. 

Frozen pizza came about because we have Bible study that evening and we will be leaving at about 2 am the day after Christmas for a big road trip.  We very rarely have frozen pizza, so this will be a rare treat that everyone will love.  And you know, Trader Joes has cheaper and healthier frozen pizza, so it is easier to let go of the guilt.  I think this might be a new tradition. 

Be blessed, my friends.  Enjoy your day with your family, no matter where you are and no matter how you celebrate. 

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  1. Sometimes I read blogs and I see all that others are doing with their children and I feel like I'm not doing enough. I talked about this to my husband and he made me realize that our daughter is 2 we will have plenty of time to make up traditions as we go along and some of them will not start until our little one is older. I know this isn't exactly what you are saying but this is what I'm thinking about this holiday season. Blessings to you and yours while you travel!

    1. Your husband is a smart man, Angela! Merry Christmas to you!

    2. Yes, very wise to keep this perspective Angela! And I think some of the most meaningful traditions are the ones that develop through the course of events particular to YOUR family. It is most special when the children create their own traditions. And I'm learning by reading from older, wiser moms that it's important to listen to our children as they grow and keep the traditions that are important to them... not just *our* pet favorites. These are all things that I have to keep reminding myself. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here!

  2. I think frozen pizza is brilliant, Church Mouse, and you made me wish I'd picked up crescent rolls and sausages. I *do* have some canned biscuits in the fridge. Maybe we'll have egg/bacon/biscuit sandwiches tomorrow morning...

  3. Sounds wonderful! That's one of my favorites! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas morning Mrs. Lori!

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