Friday, December 5, 2014

A Perfectly Imperfect Christmas

December is a month of visions of sugar plums - or visions of perfectly decorated trees with just-right presents wrapped beautifully and stacked under them. Of cookies baking in the oven and homemade hostess gifts at the ready. All by the first weekend of the month, so we can sit back, sip champagne and enjoy the season.

But at our house, decorations are still strewn across the living room in boxes. The wreaths and garlands are on the porch where Fed Ex left them. Gifts? Cards? Not so much. 

But you know, that's okay. You hear a lot about "simplifying" during the holidays, which is a lovely idea, but I'm not so good at it. I really do love all the little projects and to-dos. This year, though, I'm trying to settle back, enjoy the process and not fret about being finished. The season is a work in progress - but the progress is fun! So why worry that things aren't done or "perfect"? 

The holiday season goes so fast. Here's to finding joy in this very moment and all its imperfections! 

Happy Weekend, everyone! XO


  1. Jeanne,
    I needed this little JOY of a reminder. Perfect timing as my tree is not up, no cards for the card/art maker, and I'm really ok with it.

    Looks like we will be on the plane to France to say yet another good-bye to my dear Father-in-law who is ready to depart this world. We are waiting on news. It's been a blessing to have had my folks and in-laws so long but so hard to say goodbye. So it sort of dims the sparkle of the holidays but I'll be the candle burning brightly for my husband. He was there for me this past summer, losing my parents and then being in the hospital for a week.

    Your little bent tree reminds me to stand tall, and shine bright no matter what.

    1. Oh Patricia, I'm so sorry to hear of your Father-in-law. You've had a tough year of goodbyes, and I'm sorry that it looks like another is on the horizon.

      I'll be thinking of you and the candle that you'll keep burning this season in spite of the sadness. I know how beautifully you can shine.


    2. Jeanne, I hope that you don't mind but I wanted to add my well-wishes to pve. And to thank you so very much for this post, absolute music to my ears...

  2. Love that picture, so sweet! As much as I say I will simply is not going to happen, though I will say I have scaled back a little on the gifts, choosing to give one or two big things with meaning as opposed to just tons and tons of gifts, of course having older kids changes things too.
    I do love the decorating, blaring my Christmas music and having the house smell like is magical once you get into the season. Here's to getting it all done...and getting to savor the joys of the season.

    1. Tina, I'm right there with you with the blaring Christmas music and reveling in the sights and smells of Christmas. I'm glad I have a partner in my inability to simplify! I'm sure your home will be just gorgeous and I hope the season is full of joy and magic for you! XOXO

  3. Oh Jeanne...I just love this! I am definitely having a less than perfect Christmas this year...I just don't have enough hours and days. My goal is to just enjoy my family and not be stressed. Have a lovely weekend, my dear! xoxo

    PS..I am on my way to the city to finally see the Matisse cut outs...can't wait!!

    1. Sandy, I'm so glad you get to see the Matisse cut outs. They are amazing. Hope you get to experience a little holiday magic while you are in the city, too. I think the goal of enjoying family and not being stressed is such a good one, especially when it feels like there just aren't enough hours. Hope you have a lovely weekend, too! XOXO

  4. Imperfections is what makes the HOLIDAY............This year I have purchased new music for my car too!I let the husband pick the tree.......its OKAY!I have a mess on the kitchen table of wrapping materials.........that will be there until the 23rd......we open the night of the 24th!Trying hard to get those gifts wrapped and sent across the seas......................MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  5. You are speaking to me today Jeanne....... I need to let go of ALL that is not (completed) or "perfect" this season and focus on what IS. I have two parties coming up and we still have one area of the house that's under construction. Oh well:( My girlfriend said to put some of that orange construction tape in the area.. ha! I might as well have a little fun with the situation right?

    Simple is best and I'm not about BIG and glitzy when it comes to holiday décor. Perhaps I've been influenced over the years by the calm PNW vibe? When I had small children my husband used to by all the plastic, moving, "stuff" and I never liked it. Now that they are gone I am enjoying a more simple, elegant approach!

    Happy Friday!

  6. This is a good reminder at a very good time. I plan to slow down and enjoy every day of the month. That said, I've found about a dozen projects that I'd love to do! :-) (blog browsing can be dangerious!)
    Enjoy your weekend and hopefully you'll get those fabulous garlands out of their boxes and up.

  7. 'simplifying' for me is often code for 'lazy' cuz that's how i feel about seasonal decor. i wish my heart was in it more because only then am i truly happy with the result. i'm doing little things here and there but very minimal and i strive for natural. imperfect's my favorite! peace.

  8. Darling Jeanne! GOOD MORNING! about a mess....well, with work. I had to rush off at 6:00AM yesterday to school where I teach then I got home LATE and I am now finally able to see the comments on my post and visit my favorite blogs...yours being one of them! First of all, thank you so much for coming to visit and for commenting. There is so much creativity to be had!

    I know you illustrate; is this your watercolour wonder sign of "JOY?" It is glorious. I hear ya about the simplicity...I have one little platinum tree in our entrance but today, we are going out to get a small, real tree but of the Charlie Brown type. No ornaments, just lights. I am trying as well to stay away from too much only because I have no time!!!

    I loved your comment...about being speechless but that your husb would call it a Christmas it.


    1. Hi Anita! Thank you, yes all illustrations and photographs on the site are mine unless otherwise noted. :-)

      Hope you enjoy your weekend, too! XOXO

  9. We've been wrapped up in holiday boutiques and last minute orders so decorating our homes will have to wait one more week... Thank goodness we both leave for ski trips right after Christmas so all we're decorating is a tabletop tree! We hope you had a chance to sip some champagne this weekend, Jeanne, and enjoy the season.
    C + C



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