If It Makes You Feel Any Better...

...my halls aren't decked, we don't have a tree, and I haven't designed my Christmas card. By the looks of things around the internet, you might be feeling like you're the only one. Rest and rejoice, sweet friends. You are not alone! And it's not too late. Everyone else is just early!

There's still plenty of time to get a tree. Hanging all the old ornaments while sipping hot cider, nibbling cookies, burning a fire and listening to Christmas music is one of our favorite traditions. We used to do that the day after Thanksgiving, but we're a little off since moving. {Grace.}

We're big fans of twinkling white lights at Christmas...lights on the tree, lights outside, and candle light around the house. {Let your light shine!}

We light these candles every night...
and watch the little village spin round and round.

We left the lights on the barn all year long.
A few missing and fallen, but we're going with it.

Surely the chickens enjoy the sparkly lights.
{I know my "sparkle and shine" youngest daughter does!}

And this year, we're adding $17 worth of garland and wreaths...

...a steal from a nearby estate sale.
{Thank you for helping on such a chilly day, sweet girl!}

At the front door, I plan to recreate this simple vignette. Good thing Tara asked me to photograph her sign in August. Makes December easy! {Tara's signs are perfect all on their own by the way. Accessories are optional!}

And surely I'll get around to designing a Christmas card since this is what I do...and what I love! But I design my own card when the inspiration strikes...and it just hasn't yet. I'm feeling simple this year, so this design is speaking to me at the moment {with a more recent photo, of course}:

It's not too late to start a card. In fact, it's a perfectly normal time to start! I'd love to help you choose one of my designs this season. {Feel free to email me your photo and 2-3 favorite designs, and I'll gladly give you my opinion.}

And finally, a word to those who aren't feeling all merry and bright this Christmas: you're not alone there either. {Maybe one of my older Christmas posts will encourage you: The Weightiness of Christmas or the The Imperfection of Christmas.} The truth is, Christmas is weighty...and God's glory is weighty. {The Hebrew word for glory literally means "weight" or "heaviness."} No need to hide your heavy heart. Jesus came for the heavy and imperfect...for the dark and the desperate. O come, let us adore Him.

Grace and peace to you, my friends.

P.S. If you need a little Christmas cheer, listen to this a cappella magic! {My songbird daughter introduced me to this group. Our family sounds just like this. HA!}


  1. Whew, glad I am not the only one! I am still putting away the orange & brown and finding cranberries under the dining room table!

  2. We are decorated, but keeping it oh so simple this year. I really want the focus to be on togetherness and sharing our time. I adore your cards!

  3. I've had you on my mind. Love to you from me...

  4. Girl--I've forgotten--what is the name of the German spinning-thing? Gluckenspock is all I can come up with, and it sounds like I've got something stuck in my throat? Gluckenspeil? What in the world? We had three growing up, cherished holiday décor belonging to my momma. Also--am loving the fur lined coat your beautiful daughter is wearing! Please tell me it comes in my size!!! Lovely--as always--your tender, heartfelt words. XOXOXO!

  5. Did you know that the beat box singer in Pentatonix is a Pre-Med graduate from Yale who speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese!

    1. Neat to know! He's my favorite!

  6. Remember that it's not up to you to make Christmas perfect. It already is. He came. He's here. He's coming again. This article reminded me of that this season. It's great.

  7. {Grace.}

    Such a beautiful word, especially during the month of December. Thank you.

    Off to listen to the video now. Someone just told me about it today and I meant to search it, but forgot.

    Very merry to you, Linsey!
    :) Nicole

  8. I am behind too. Maybe because Thanksgiving was so late. I just took the Thanksgiving decor off my table today. I love your little German candle thing. I can't recall what they are called. I have one too. I've always wanted one and my dad bought me one while we were in Germany one year and I always bring it out this time of year too. Now that it's finally feeling like December again maybe that will help get us into the spirit. Merry Christmas. Katey

  9. Oh Linsey, I share your heart on this. Thanks for your comment on my similar post. Glad to know I'm not alone! And I have to say, I gasped when I saw your little candle holder with the village. I grew up with one of those! Every year it came out for Christmas at my grandparents', and my aunt and uncle bring it out for the holidays even now. My family is Swedish, and I believe ours has Swedish roots. What do you know about yours? It is so sweet to see another one!

  10. I love your transparent heart…..
    I can't wait to see your home at Christmas….one of my favorites.


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