Some Scenes From The Weekend
The first weekend of December official marks the beginning of "the festive" at our house. I like to pause a bit after Thanksgiving before we get a tree and start pulling out the decorations... Somehow in all the hubbub of Christmas, I think poor Thanksgiving sort of gets the short shrift. I like to let it linger there a bit and get its due, but that's just me.
So aside from Audrey's nutcracker performances (which were really fantastic and lovely -- I'm so proud of my sweet girl), we spent the weekend spreading bits of holiday around the house --cuttings from the tree tucked here and there, some pine cones, little glittery bits, bowls of clementines...
I also instituted my annual (personal) tradition of "seriously chilling out" in December. There's just major potential for December to be overwhelming and harried, which is a foolproof recipe for irritability and bickering and whatnot. So I try to go full-on "type B+" in December. I let things get a little wheels-off if you will...like letting Audrey stay up (really) late to drink big mugs of hot chocolate while staring at the Christmas tree lights (Saturday) or not batting an eye when Millie insists that she's going to wear her nightgown for the entire day (Sunday). Ummm ok, I'm in.
It's amazing how relaxed you feel on Monday after a weekend like that.