Christmas is what you make it, right?

Praise the Lord, we found a renter! Everyone involved has had to make a few concessions and adjustments, but it seems like a potentially great fit. This means we could be mere days (okay, weeks) away from moving into the farmhouse. We’re waiting for literally one county permit, so we can give one contractor the okay to perform one repair to the one part of the house. The family moving in is just as anxious as we are to move… they want to know where they’re spending Christmas!

We set a potential date and we’re hoping to be in by Christmas. In the meantime, we can’t be bothered to decorate in our current house. Our humble one box of Christmas items will stay in the garage for now. Each kiddo will still receive three presents like every other year, but they’re unwrapped and hidden at the moment. There’s really nowhere to display them, with all of the boxes and sandpaper dust everywhere! Chris & I broke the news to the kids, who were quite fine with it. Cheerful, in fact, at the prospect of getting into our new place soon. Christopher also informed them that come hell or high water, he’d locate a tree and set it up as soon as we moved in. He said it won’t matter if it’s Christmas Eve by the time we get there. We’ll simply have a Christmas tree until March.

In order to compensate, I’ve been playing Christmas music around the house, all day long. I’m looking at pretty trees on Pinterest and embracing the holiday spirit without hesitancy. For those who know me, it’s a bit of a change of pace for my personality. I like it! Over the years, I’ve learned that the holidays are exactly what you make them. So this season, I’m making the holidays count – one home or two, decorations or none. Merry Christmas!

14 thoughts on “Christmas is what you make it, right?”

  1. I’m so pleased you got a renter! I was praying you would so you could all move by christmas. :-) Holidays are so much more special when you embrace what you can make them and don’t compare yours to everyone elses. :-) Congratulations! :-) x

  2. Congrats on finding a renter! This is a huge blessing for your family!

    God has made my adult life pretty easy, but when our road gets bumpy, as I know it one day will, I hope to have just a fraction of the grace you have. I am grateful to have you as a role model.

    1. Girl, I most certainly do NOT have a lot of grace. I just take a bit of God’s for me, each day. Plenty of meltdowns and bad attitudes over the last several weeks, I promise! Thanks for your encouragement, though!

  3. good for you! it seems you have found the true meaning of christmas. it’s not in the decorations, the tree or certainly not the presents. hopefully you can be a good example for others!

    and, i don’t know why, but the part about setting up the tree, even if it’s christmas eve, made me teary eyed!

  4. this is awesome! congrats on getting a renter and on embracing the upheaval the comes with juggling a move around the holidays. and doing it with joy. we finally close on our old house Dec 14 and I cannot wait.

    XOXO.

  5. I had been wondering if you found someone! So glad you did. We have had a couple of Christmas limbos. This has been such a hard year for us, that i am really struggling with getting into the spirit.
    Maybe i need music, and pinterest trees too!

  6. Congratulations on finding a renter! I’m happy for your family that you’ll be able to move into your farmhouse! Can’t wait to see more pictures of it on the blog! -Paige

  7. Congratulations on finding a renter! I’m happy for your family that you’ll be able to move into your farmhouse! Can’t wait to see more pictures of it on the blog! -Paige

  8. so happpy for you! we moved into our new house last year on December 22, and we got a tree on the 23rd :)

    I’m not a regular reader, but I think I will become more regular after just catching up on your last few months of posts. I have commented before…I have identical twin boys born around the same time as your girls, at 27 weeks, and I have a three year old son, too. Any way, reading your writing is so, so encouraging to me. Thank you for your honesty and for taking the time to share. I really admire that you find the time to write and share. In a post a while back you said you were having some “dark” (I think that was the word?) feelings/emotions towards mothering. I’ve been having a rough, dark time too, lately, and I just so appreciated that you mentioned that you were, too.

    well, this comment has been all over the place, but I just wanted to let you know that God has used your writing in my life.
    (oh, and I think I might start reading “grace for the good girl”, even though I’m a few weeks behind! I’ve heard good things about that book from others, so hopefully this will be the push I need to start reading it!)

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