This Christmas

This Christmas is a first for me. I decided, along with my best friend, that we would not be putting up decorations or exchanging gifts. The only thing we are doing is hosting dinner at the house. I admit that it feels odd. There are many reasons that this decision was made on my part. To be honest, we didn’t celebrate any holidays in my house this year. I did cook for Thanksgiving, but I spent that holiday alone. I spent the day eating and hanging out in my pajamas.  It was good, but Christmas is different.

I love Christmas! It is my favorite time of the year. I think that the majority of people are really happy around this time. At least that has been my experience. There is always a little extra joy in the air. The Christmas carols, movies and just overall cheer puts almost everyone in a good mood.

I also admit that this time of the year can be very overwhelming for people who just feel that there is to much to do. The shopping, food preparing, decorating, and schedule juggling can be daunting. I get it. I’m fortunate..or unfortunate to some…to not have much immediate family (husband, children, parents). Because of this, I don’t have much juggling but I do have all of the other things to contend with.  My overall thoughts are Christmas is what you make it.

Christmas is, after all, the celebration of the birth of Christ. All of the other stuff is just extra. No one needs to go out and buy a ton of gifts or have an extravagant dinner. So whenever people say..the holiday has become so commercial, I think ‘It doesn’t have to be.’ Everyone needs to create their own thing and give their own spin to celebrating.  They should make it what they want or feel that is should be.

This year, I’ve decided to just do dinner. No need to buy me any gifts. I’m giving love on Christmas day…as the song says. That being said, I kind of missed the hustle and bustle. I probably will be putting a little gift giving back into the plans next year and I definitely will be decorating.  I miss my tree. I can’t wait for it to appear next year. You can check out my tree in previous years blog posts though if you want.  I normally put up two trees a year..my office tree and my tree at home.  It used to be three when my mom was alive.  This year, I only put up the office tree but I miss my home tree filled with my ornaments that have been accumulated over the years. So, yes it has been an unconventional Christmas for me but I think I needed the little reset.

Til next time……

 

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Happy Independence Day!

Today was a very nice day. Me, my best friend, her aunt and mom were all invited over to a friend’s house for a barbecue to celebrate the holiday. We enjoyed turkey burgers, sausages, macaroni salad, baked beans, pecan and apple salad, and watermelon (which I don’t eat) for dessert.

Now, none of my friends in Georgia like their pictures taken and shared online, so unfortunately the only photo that I have to share is of myself. I tried to dress festively in my blue sleeveless shirt by Maitai and a pair of white shorts by Lane Bryant. I wore silver sandals that my friend brought back from India. It was the perfect outfit for a summer barbecue. Of course, being the klutz that I am, I spilled baked beans on my shorts. I usually carry Shout wipes with me for things like this but I used my very last one yesterday. See…common occurrence with me and wasting food on my clothes.

My make up was very simple. I used a primer which helps keep the shine down, Mally Volumizing mascara, Anastasia brow wiz in granite to fill in my brows, YSL Volupte Sheer Cherry on my lips, and Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush lumeire in diffused heat on my cheeks.

This was a great start to a nice three day weekend. Happy 4th of July.

Talk you you all soon.