Welcome to my second Christmas Home Tour! Yes. My second. But there’s a story behind it.
I have a funny story to tell. This year we put up our Christmas tree, but we (I) broke from tradition and put up the flocked tree. We didn’t get a real tree like we’ve been doing for the past 20+ years, and oh man did I feel all the guilt. The kids were good sports and went along with it, but it just didn’t feel right. We went through the motions and decorated the tree while we watched Elf, just like we do every year.
A few days later I could just feel that my kids didn’t love our tree, and that they missed out on picking a tree from the tree lot, then being surprised in the morning to see how our tree unfurled from its frozen state. They were missing having a real tree. Truth be told, I missed it too. But because we’d already decorated, and life got busy, we carried on, I took pictures for my blog Christmas home tour, and we tried to love our decorated fake tree…but we just didn’t.
So days later, I found myself taking down the flocked tree. Yes. Yes, I took down our tree, ornament by ornament. And I decided to pack up the kids that night after dinner, to go pick out a real Christmas tree. Because Christmas is about them. Them. Not my blog home tours. It’s about them and keeping tradition alive for my kids.
This was a big moment for me. I realized that I needed to stop. I needed to change something. With blogging, sometimes my world of my home life, blurs together with the world of my blog. Both worlds do in reality run together, and 99% of the time it’s harmonious. But there are times when I find myself getting caught up in it all…all the blog home tours…and the feeling that I have to recreate something new and exciting every year. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with any of that, if it works for others. But I’m realizing that it’s not working well for me anymore. It’s just too much. And I want to simplify. I want to be more mindful. I want to make sure that I’m sticking to my family traditions, because they are what’s really important.
So even though I posted my home tour with the flocked tree, I wanted to be true to myself, and to you, and show you what our tree actually looks like this year. In all it’s real treeness…I love it. The kids love it. It just feels right.
Have a very merry day!