So I know that the thought of a designer Christmas with boutique Christmas decorations are all the rage, and I love it too! I would love to do a designer Christmas, with a matching faux fur tree skirt…..and a Christmas Village….oh the days before children!
Those of us with little ones, however, know that the reality of what our Christmas will look like is this….
There are handmade ornaments, multi-color lights that don’t match – but their favorites, and plastic ornaments that they chose from Target.
The reasons that I love this so much though, is because my children are going to be older soon and I will have to start forcing them to decorate for the holidays.
Right now they are so young that they love to do it, and I relish in every moment.
I appreciate all the handmade ornaments that I will keep forever!
I appreciate their eagerness in wanting to help decorate the tree, bake cookies, watch Christmas movies, and drink hot cocoa.
I appreciate the fun and love we share while we are decorating the tree and watching movies.
I appreciate the tangled Christmas lights that do not match.
I appreciate all the little hands that help, even though they are dropping ornaments and bunching them together on one branch.
Parents, the truth is…one day you are going to look around and they won’t be there asking to help! You are going to blink and they are going to be out with their friends, not wanting to stick around. You will have to either guilt them, or force them, to participate in the holidays. So what’s a few short years of letting them decorate and help in making the house look festive?
If you actually think about it…..you will probably have more years with a designer Christmas, then with your excited, eager children. So skip the designer Christmas holidays for the few short years you have with your children. Let them make mistakes. Let them use their creative minds to help decorate your home for the holidays. And praise them in their work even though it’s almost appalling to look at.
I don’t want to look at magazine photos, or other lifestyle blogs, that showcase designer decorating, designer holidays, etc and feel guilty. All the more to them! Their work is usually beautiful!! But that’s not reality. The reality is this…..
I decorated my centerpiece with gold ornaments…and my babies took it upon themselves to add candy canes…..that’s the reality of small children during Christmas.
But should we get upset? Absolutely not! This is real, this is the work of happy children during the holidays! And I love that I get to share these beautiful times with them. I’m going to look back on this with feelings of warmth, love, and fondness. I’m going to have these memories forever! So keep your designer Christmases, Better Home and Garden. Because I have something better.