Friday, December 26, 2014

The Close of Christmas & New Year's Resolutions

I looked over my blog post drafts and for the past three years I have three identical drafts, "Christmas Is Over." All the drafts have about a paragraph written and then they were abandoned, unfinished. But, this year I'm determined to hit "Publish."

For those of you who know me, you know my love of Christmas, really my love of Thanksgiving and Christmas starting November 1st through December 25th. I love taking down my normal, everyday home decorations and putting up the girl's festive Christmas art work I've had framed. I love the smell of winter candles. I love hanging the stockings I sewed a couple of years ago. And, I love, love, love taking down our tall, skinny artificial tree, fluffing it and re-living our travel adventures while hanging each Christmas ornament I've picked up along the way. And, the memories that flood back from the ornaments my mom kept for me that I made during my school-aged years at elementary school and Sunday school. It's the best. Christmas time is the best. Spending time with our family is the best. Buying gifts for my loved ones, even though I wish I could do more, is the best. Attending work and church Christmas parties is the best! I LOVE CHRISTMAS.

But, for me, the day after Christmas and the month of January was always filled with depression and sadness. I know, it is as horrible as it reads. But, this year there's been a change. Instead of sadness that the neighborhood will no longer be lit up with twinkling lights on each house and instead of depression that all the fun is over I am reminded that Jesus is not only the reason for the season, but the reason for our entire life! Jesus says, "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly!" I have always known this but for me I made Christmas time extra special when I should make every day extra special; life lived abundantly; not just November 1st - December 25th. After Christmas I felt the world grew dark again, even though it does once all the lights and bright holiday displays are put away, but, it's up to Christians and believers to continue to shine His light throughout the year. I kick myself for years past where I got depressed over Christmas being over and not continuing the fun festivities throughout the year. So,  here's my New Year's Resolution:
  • Continue my BSF and daily devotionals. I really do get so much out of my time with God, exactly the way it is meant to be, but I need to keep Him my TOP priority no matter what life throws at me. I'll be better prepared for whatever life throws at me too! 
  • Take time at least twice during 2015 to host a family get-together. We don't have to exchange gifts but come together to play games and have a good dinner. Take time to laugh with one another and just enjoy each others company, all in His name. Just like at Christmas.
  • Send special gifts throughout the year to those who touch my life, help make my life easier, my friends, my family I only see maybe once a year. Or, even just send a hand-written note, just something to let someone in my life know I'm thinking of them.
  • Lose weight (that's like mandatory on every resolution list right? But, I really need to!)
  • Work out at least three times per week (I am serious about this one)
  • Feed myself and my family better
I think that's all I'm going to commit to for now. I hope I can stick to it. And, here are some photos that recap our month of December!
Here's my baby, cutting up a deerhe killed in the backyard {Jerky!}

My niece Brinley got a bunny, Peanut. Macy is obsessed with this tiny lop-eared cutie!

Day-trip to Johnson City, TX for the beautiful lights at PEC

I got a lot of monogramming done! Cute matching sweatshirts for the girls with their monogram

Anna got her ears pierced!

Looking through photos and Anna happened to look a lot like our Elf, "Tink". Tink sat in the same place all month.

We loaded up in the car, stopped by sonic for some shakes
and drove around and looked at lights!

Macy got her first "padicure" as Anna called it when she got her first pedicure!
{this was an at-home, mom-given pedi!}

Our Advent Tree. We only got through maybe 10 days but this was way better than I had planned! Anna really wasn't into too much this year so I would finish the ornaments she started. So, I'm really looking forward to it next year because I think a year will make a big difference in this area! But, it was fun and she got her own tree to decorate which she found fun!

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