GO BIG OR GO HOME

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Has it hit you—the holiday madness? Have you started buying your gifts? Is the tree up? Are the lights on the house? How many more sprigs do you need to fill out last year’s wreath that got smashed in the Rubbermaid bin?

Is your end of year calendar full of class parties, sports banquets, recitals, choir practices (plural) and holiday parties and guests that will arrive in no time flat? Do you want me to stop reminding you of all the things left to do in the shortened holiday season?

Ok, I will. I will stop right now, because I have a plan. It’s called “go big or go home.” Read on.

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I’m closing my eyes tight these days, because if I blink it’s going to be the New Year way before I’m ready. If it makes you feel any better, my tree is not up, my wreath is being replaced by one from LTD 7 and my gingerbread house will look something like this:

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I think it’s common for the cobbler’s kids to have no shoes. LTD 7 may be beautiful and stocked and ready for the season, but I’m just like you: I feel the shortened season and am behind (or so I thought) with my own personal holiday goals.

My inbox is full again. I have to share. As the title suggests, some of you ARE ready and massively admired by the rest of us. For those of you, the Internet has wonderful compilations of hundreds of ideas to spark your passions and get those crafty hands working. Large groups of bloggers put together their top ideas and all together you can come up with a host of holiday ideas. I can only DREAM of doing these projects. If you have a chance to try any of them, do share them with us at LTD 7. We would love to see them!

For the rest of us, the HOLIDAY TO DO LIST has fast become “triaged.” We have to quickly pick the things we must do, like mail out-of-town gifts and cards and buy for the kiddos and the squeeze and leave the decorating like the magazines do, for next year. Believe me, I get it.

And it’s O-K! Read that sentence three times a day. Rinse and repeat.

It is absolutely O-K. Maybe, just maybe, at least for me, what needs to change is the list. Maybe what I need to do, sometimes, instead of “going big” is GO HOME, as the title of this blog suggests.

I saw this amazing list on the Internet and it totally resonated with me. Maybe you have seen it, too. After I saved it, I thought about it—a lot—and all of a sudden it made me feel OK about the holidays. I have a copy on my fridge to see and remind myself—every day.

Going big might just mean what it says: go home. Home is where the heart is and sometimes when we become frenetic and the pace is sure to beat us down, the absolute best place to be is HOME. So, go big and go home. Rest and relax and know that your best is absolutely that: your best and that is ENOUGH.

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Isn’t this list just totally perfect? It makes me feel OK. It makes me feel better than okay; it makes me feel that my heart is in the right place and I really do have more under control than I think I do. It makes me joyous again. It makes me charitable. It makes me thankful. It makes the holidays meaningful. Isn’t that exactly what it is supposed to do?

So, when the going gets tough over the next few weeks, think about this list. Reflect upon it and relax. You and I are exactly where we need to be doing exactly what we need to be doing. We can pack the anxiety and the not done items away in the empty holiday bins and enjoy the season.

DECORATE COOKIES WITH US! THIS SATURDAY. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

If the kiddos can’t wait…if they are anxious and under foot this season, I do have a plan for them too. LTD 7 is hosting a DECORATE A COOKIE event next Saturday & Shhh, don’t tell the kids but Rudolph will be making an appearance from 10-1 too.  It has always been a huge success! I would encourage you to reserve a spot today. We need to have ample supplies, so we need to know if you are coming and how many little ones you are bringing. Call the store for reservations. Just think: You can shop while they decorate and you can use the cookie…if they don’t eat it…for a tree decoration. We clean the mess; we have the supplies and all you need to do is bring the decorators.

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I did find a couple more ideas for simple at home crafts and easy plans for you to enjoy over the next few weeks. Come on…you know you still wanna decorate and make something. (wink) And, if the kids can hardly wait, here are a few sweet craft ideas for the special kiddos who wrote their list ten months ago and absolutely cannot wait for school to be out and the cousins to arrive on December 25th.

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Check them out:

This is fun for all ages. Buy a few ornaments at the Dollar Store and some inexpensive white paint and have a wonderful craft right at “hand.”

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Decorate white gift bags with old ribbon scraps and old holiday cards cut to fit. It is a perfect touch and a wonderful projrct for the older “children.” I want to make a few of these myself.

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Do you have some spare scarves in your closet? Do you have too many scarves to wear all at once? Maybe you have bought a few too many at LTD 7 this year…impossible, I know. How about tying some of your old ones around items in your home to festive things up? That’s a quick and easy touch that is sure to please.

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Quick and easy gifts to set out for the unexpected guest, or the teacher or friend who loves candy apples. Buy a bag of apples and a couple bags of caramel from the grocer and knock out a few of these delectable treats. So yummy! So easy!

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One simple sprig…just look at its effect in the next picture. One simple lovely yard sprig and an ornament left over from the painted project above and you have instant “holiday.” I LOVE this!

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Do you have a container in the basement? A wooden box? Add a few candles and sprigs and a couple ornaments tossed in and voila, a wonderful table decoration or centerpiece. Honestly, these are a few of my favorite things and ones that don’t take forever to create.

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Remember our sprig wreaths from Halloween? Change them out. Simple and beautiful!

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Have you visited Santa? How did that go? Do you know that sometimes the best laid plans go amuck? Do you also know that you are never too old to sit on Santa’s lap and ask for what brings your heart JOY? Sometimes the tired child ( in all of us) who is overrun with excitement and needs a nap, makes for the most wonderful pictures…ones that the family will enjoy for years to come. Trust me, I know! Don’t beat yourself up if the photo session is not all you wanted it to be. I could just eat these babies right up they are so sweet!

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Make your list. Mail it. Trust in it. Know that you are in control this season. Believe that you have done enough.

Make time to dream…for isn’t that what the holidays are all about? Revive those dreams you have and picture your wonderful self standing in line at the mailbox waiting to post them. Make this season a wonderful time. If you can dream it, you can do it. I promise. Now close those eyes and start dreaming.

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Living the Dream,

Lynne

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