I find Christmas to be a lot. While I trim the tree, spruce up the magic, and try to remember to move the elf (which is actually the biggest regret I have in life), I find myself lost in everything. I find myself lost in the sparkle, the Santa, and the bows. The present wrapping, the stockings, and everything else during the Christmas season. So today I wanted to share what my realistic Christmas season actually looks like. So for anyone else who doesn’t have an Instagram-perfect season, I want to emphasize that you’re not alone. Any Christmas magic is worthy, valid, and important. Your Christmas tree doesn’t need to have a theme, you don’t need to have a sparkling table setting, and it’s okay if you don’t have an elf. Before I go too far into my realistic Christmas rant, I just wanted to share a few of my other Christmas posts.
Christmas Blog Posts You Should Read:
- How to build the best Christmas playlist.
- DIY Advent Calendar Ideas
- Unique Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas
- Awesome Gifts Under $10
Christmas in the kitchen.
Now that we’re ready to talk about a realistic Christmas season, let’s start in the kitchen. During this time of year, you’ll see the perfect dishes, all color-coordinated and set out perfectly. Everything is always perfect, am I right? Let me invite you to a realistic Christmas season where things don’t need to be exact. The beauty is actually in the imperfect, and the memories will be everything.
You don’t need to have Christmas dishes that you use only once a year. You don’t require glistening china or spectacular table settings. For a realistic Christmas season, you don’t need perfection. In fact, the perfection is in the imperfection. I use the same dishes that I use all year. I decorate the top of my kitchen cupboards with garland I got from Dollar Tree. (Here is a link for some awesome garland that isn’t overly expensive. Christmas Garland )
If you really want Christmas dishes, here are a few inexpensive options:
If you want to spruce up your table, simply adding a few candles can make a big difference.
Christmas in the living room.
The living room is an area that is often the most used. Maybe you snuggle up to watch your favorite Christmas movies or gather around the coffee table to play games. A few ways to add some magic are to add twinkle lights, have cozy blankets nearby, and have some Christmas music playing in the background.
A realistic Christmas season.
It’s possible to have a realistic Christmas season. Not everyone has 25 meticulously decorated trees, stockings stuffed with things that cost more than your weekly groceries, or elves that cause so much ruckus that it takes all night to set up. This isn’t to say it’s bad if you have these things. Just to say that with inflation being what it is, grocery prices at record highs, and family dynamics being ever so challenging to understand, it’s okay if your Christmas looks a little different. I know mine does.
How are you celebrating this year?
Love always – n