One of the biggest criticisms about home-and-family blogs is that they often give the idea that the writer's home is always perfect, and that their family is always joyful and adorable as they sit in their nicely decorated house making delicious treats from scratch and posing for pinterest-worthy photos. I'm here today to toss a little bit of reality into that ridiculous notion.
Over the past week, we've been starting to decorate our home, in preparation for our big Solstice Feast day on the 21st, and for Christmas Eve and Christmas after that. All this festive decorating was to be completed on "Tree Day" this past Sunday, which, of course, was to be a warm, fuzzy, delightful Hallmark holiday experience for us all. We were to laugh, to frolic amongst evergreens with rosy cheeks, then come home to decorate our tree with festive hand-made Yule decorations and have cookies and cocoa and hug each other warmly. A little bit of that actually ~did~ happen. But there was also screaming and yelling between two of the children, a broken tree stand which resulted in two quarts of water all over the livingroom floor, an emergency run out to get a new tree stand, and four out of five of us in tears at least once throughout the day. In the midst of all that, there was The Phone Call which took the wind out of my Holiday Spirit sails. As I've mentioned here before, Solstice is THE winter holiday, for me. I could give or take Christmas, for the most part, but the celebration of Solstice speaks to me. I love making ice lanterns, filling our home with candles, roasting chestnuts on the fire pit and having a big feast to welcome the returning light. It's something I look forward to and plan for months, every year. Well this year, it turns out that The Man of the House, the Love of my life, will NOT BE HOME FOR SOLSTICE. His brother got him tickets to a football game two states away, which would normally be a wonderful thing, except that the game is on Solstice! This makes me very sad. I'm trying to muddle through, but GAH... it's hard. Although I'll still have my sister and her fiance and my kiddos here to celebrate, there will be a large hole in the festivities, without him here. I'm one sad Mama.
We did manage to somewhat salvage the day. We cleaned up the huge water mess, we pulled it together, and we got the tree decorated. We even had cookies and cocoa. But by then, we were all just emotionally spent, and couldn't wait for the day to be over. Such is real life, sometimes, no?
But anyway... here are the pictures of that day. But just the good stuff, so that just for a few minutes we can ~pretend~ to be that perfect family ;)
Next post... I'll share some ideas for all-natural (and mostly FREE) holiday decorating.