Crunch Time at Christmastime

Christmas is by far my favorite holiday! My family grew up with lots of Christmas traditions, with my favorite being our “25 Days of Christmas,” where my parents had a festive Christmas activity for us each day. Some of the activities were more grand, like a carriage ride through Christmas lights or the Dixie Stampede Christmas show, while others were simple, like a family snowball fight with paper snowballs or making our own snowflakes out of printer paper to hang in our entryway.

I love Christmas traditions, and having a daughter now makes me want to start some traditions of our own even more. Last year Duncan and I didn’t have the chance to put our tree up, since we were planning to move to Grenada just 2 weeks later (funny how God keeps us on our toes and how this Christmas looks so much different than I’d imagined). I’d come to terms with the fact that we probably wouldn’t be able to get our tree up again this year, as it’s crunch time for Duncan in his schooling, but Duncan was so kind to set aside a little time to grab our tree and a piece of garland out of the attic last weekend!

My family always grew up with a real Christmas tree. Each year we went and picked out a live one, which I would love to do with our family someday! This year, however, I am just so thankful we were able to get a tree up. It’s pretty bare, with only a handful of ornaments (less than 10 to be a little more exact), the lights that came on it, and is lacking a tree topper, but in my eyes it’s beautiful and perfect for the season we’re in.

I hate to admit it, but I’m one to get pretty wrapped up in expectations. With having Lively now, I’d love to start some special Christmas traditions. It can be hard not to compare or stress out when I see countless families all over Instagram and Pinterest doing all kinds of family Christmas traditions all December long, like elaborately decorating the tree together, going ice skating, and a variety of other Christmas activities seemingly every night. I don’t mean to complain or seem like a victim; it’s humbling and reminds me to cherish the little moments we do get together, like a quick run to look at tree ornaments or watching part of a Christmas movie as a family, instead of focusing on what we don’t have/do.

There’s nothing wrong with traditions, and even though we’ve had minimal time together this past week and the next two weeks, I can’t complain because Duncan will take a short break from school  for Christmas break, and I really appreciate how hard he’s working and finishing out the semester strong. He has some big tests in the next couple of weeks, so if you think of us, please be praying for him!

While we haven’t had tons of time with the three of us, I am thankful to spend my days with sweet Lively! She makes my daily Hallmark movie marathons even more enjoyable and loves dancing around the kitchen to Christmas music (“A Pentatonix Christmas” is currently our favorite!). I think we’ve almost marked every Christmas Hallmark movie off our list :). “Let It Snow” and “A Royal Christmas” are our favorites so far!

On a not-so-Christmassy note, I have had quite a bit of time with Duncan in the past couple of days as his practice patient. By the time Duncan finishes his degree, he’ll be a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and I’ll basically be a professional patient… is that a thing? Anways, I’m so proud of Dunc and cannot wait for a week and a half from now, when Lively and I will have him all to ourselves (no studying allowed! :))


{Even though we didn’t get a real tree this year, we did get to go with my family to help pick theirs out at Sycamore Creek Family Ranch!}


{LOVE this view: Lively with our Christmas tree}


{Despite with demanding schooling, Duncan is still the best daddy to our girl}


Always and forever,