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Christmas Thinking

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?  It came without ribbons.  It came without tags.  It came without packages, boxes or bags.  And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.  Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.  What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.  What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ~Dr. Seuss

I just borrowed this from the Fiskars blog. Dr Seuss says things so well I think. I’ve been thinking a bit lately about what Christmas means to me, about how all the festivities and trimmings and chocolate truffles fit in with what I believe. I think this post from {dancing} in the margins best describes what I think.  It’s not wrong to enjoy shopping for presents, to enjoy making gifts, baking Christmassy treats and finding the best Santa  in all the malls to get the kids photos done at. All that stuff doesn’t mean I’m forgetting the whole baby Jesus thing … it’s actually all part of remembering for me.

And then there’s the stress side of things … I don’t feel pressured to do all that stuff … I enjoy it. I am not ‘behind’ in my Christmas preparations … I just haven’t got around to making Christmas cards or shopping for presents yet. We haven’t put up a Christmas tree at our house yet … it’ll happen, maybe tomorrow … maybe not … no stress! Like Janine said … work out what’s important to you.

I do have one present for the Grandparents sorted. Earlier this term when we did the parenting course we scored a voucher for a free family photo session. Deb of  Deb Scheib Photography did a fantastic job of arranging three reluctant kids and an equally reluctant husband into suitable poses that made us look like a perfectly happy family.

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And of course we are a perfectly happy family … most of the time! ;o) So anyway, if you live in the Wellington area and are in need of a photographer … I can highly recommend Deb.

Okay … kids are hungry and grumpy … gotta go.

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16 Responses

  1. I’m sure the Grandparents will be suitably impressed with the photo of your perfectly happy family. LOL. Christmas this year seems to be very stressfree for a lot of people and very nice it is too.

  2. What a beautiful photo of your family. A lovely keepsake 🙂 What you said about Christmas is so right, I am getting sick of seeing everyone rushing around like mad people shopping shopping and not even noticing the real reason for the season. Even if people are not religious I believe it’s more about family than presents. I might have to borrow that Dr Suess quote and it may be the perfect Christmas book to start Grace’s collection.

  3. yip christmas is stressful if you make it that way!!!
    love this time of year… except all the late nights!! gosh I sound old!!!!
    love the family pic- nice present

  4. I think your photo is awesome! I also have not sorted out the present thing but like you it will happen!
    Have a great weekend.

  5. Love that you chose denim and white – so timeless. Husbands and photos…we won’t even go there…but the kids, once school and kindy has finished they’ll perk back up, the kids at work are so shattered…

  6. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and then linking. And to think, I thought I was writing a blogpost that most would dislike. I cannot believe the warm response!!!

    <3, Kristen

  7. What an awesome family pic – it truly is!!!

  8. That’s a beautiful family photo the grandparents will love that…….and my you certainly look like your all having fun ;-p seems Debs can work magic as well. Enjoy your build up to xmas.

  9. beautiful family portrait 🙂

  10. I agree – I love Christmas, and ALL the celebrations that go with it. But for me, making sure my children know & appreciate the real meaning of Christmas is more important as Christmas become more commercialised and Jesus seems to be MIA a lot of the time. For our family, it’s all about a healthy balance & combination of everything. This is my favourite time of year, and like you I don’t get stressed out by the busyness, I enjoy it.

    That’s a lovely photo of your family, everybody looks so happy (and beautifully co-ordinated). Great job! 🙂

  11. Excellent post…I enjoy xmas celebrations – to me it is all love and joy and peace and goodwill… and that IS the true meaning of christmas…

  12. love the family photo!

  13. Fab photo Beverley!! And enjoyed reading your thoughts on Christmas – it’s nice to take time out and just appreciate the season for what is instead of all the hype and stress!

  14. lovely photo 🙂

  15. Loved the link to dancing in the margins! Really appreciate those thoughts too. I like the idea of a little bit of Christmas every day of the year-and I don’t mean presents, I mean presence! Thanks!

  16. What a lovely surprise I received in the mail today! A gorgeous handmade card and a beautiful necklace! THANK YOU so much, Beverly! xxx

    Ingeborg.

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