Day 9: Imperfect Christmas Decorations

December 9, 2013 — 8 Comments

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Last week Sarah shared her tutorial for a star garland. I loved it and saved the idea for next year. The garland I made is above. The tutorial is:

  1. Buy a small box of jingle bells at the dollar store.
  2. String baker’s twine through jingle bells. (I used an embroidery needle for ease.)
  3. Hang anywhere you like.

Simple garlands for simple people.

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This is my pretend mantle. We don’t have a fireplace so I make do with my hutch/cupboard. I planned to re-do the brown tree in the back to look like this one from Anthropologie, but maybe later this week. Do you also notice my kids’ pink, light-up bouncy ball on the side? Such is life, right? I’d post a picture of my tree, but there is not enough ribbon around it and the Christmas choo-choo circling the bottom is scattered all around waiting for Daddy to come home and fix it.

Meanwhile laundry and dishes sit in various stages of doneness, couch cushions make tents to hide in and my Thanksgiving decorations sneak in on the Christmas ones. These things tempt me to discouragement and worry. Am I good enough homemaker? This place sure doesn’t feel like the refuge and haven I want it to be.

Psalm 62 reminds me that my soul finds rest and refuge in God alone. I believe that our earthly homes should reflect our heavenly home, but that is not my ultimate hope for my or my children’s salvation. In my striving I remember He is a refuge and in that I find rest. When everything is a mess, He is a refuge. When all the lights are shining perfectly, He is still the refuge.

I hope that truth lightens any burdens you carry today as you care for your kids and your home. May today be full of rest and refuge even though your hands are busy with the work of creating a merry Christmas!

psalm 62



8 responses to Day 9: Imperfect Christmas Decorations

  1. this was so encouraging, T. thanks for the scriptures. we don’t have a mantle either so maybe i’ll get creative and try to find a place to put cute little trees – love yours. and Julia has been begging me for jingle bells – what a great idea 🙂
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  2. very cute decor! love the jingle bells idea.

  3. Thanks for this! A great reminder for me.. although you are unknowingly giving me permission to leave my house messy. 😉
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  4. Dear Traci,

    I love you and please don’t feel bad about your decorations. You did a fabulous job. I feel I would not even decorate. That is all.



  5. Traci! I just came across your blog and love hearing about your life these days! Thank you also for the just in time reminder to find rest in God. Hope that you have a great Christmas! Love from Pittsburgh, Sarah

  6. Hey I’m just getting around to visiting your blog. I’m a fan my friend.

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