Christmas around the House.

Welcome to our home! I wanted to give you all a quick chance to see some of the neat things we’ve been doing to get ready for the holiday season. Yes, off in the distance that is indeed an overturned cereal bowl. No, it wasn’t empty. And yes! Glad you asked, that is an uncapped Crayola marker in the foreground. We were able to simply throw this together this morning without any advance prep! Come now, don’t feel bad. There is still some December left for you to catch up!

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28 thoughts on “Christmas around the House.

  1. I love knowing that other Mama’s houses look like mine in this busy season!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing. Really. It reinforces my sanity. I keep reminding myself, in the midst of cutting and gluing and baking and crafting our advent activities, that the messes are unimportant, but the memories are not.

  2. FAB pic! Thanks for continuing to remind us that you are in the trenches, right along side us. I SO appreciate how transparent & down-to-earth you are ;P

  3. Thank you thank you thank you! I just told my husband yesterday that I don’t know why I feel like I’m the only mom I know who has a house that looks, well…like I have children in it! Many days I feel as if all I do is clean to no avail.

  4. A friend of mine sent me a link to this article before I had a chance to see it and I loved her comment:

    “I love this post! My children are grown, but I remember days when I thought we would never get everything picked up in the house. Of course, those were the days when someone like my cleanest and most pulled-together friend that never wore her pajamas all day or let oatmeal harden on the high chair dropped in. : )

    On days like this, I always said we had “Cat in the Hat Syndrome”…

    β€œAnd this mess is so big
    And so deep and so tall,
    We cannot pick it up.
    There is no way at all!”
    ? Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

    We picked it up–all of it and even scraped the oatmeal off the wooden rails of the high chair and managed to get a bath and look nice by the time Daddy got home, but it sometimes took us all day long to accomplish it!”

  5. Please keep sharing more pictures like this! Love it! My house at any moment between 8a.m. and 9p.m.

  6. Why what a charming decorating theme for the holidays! It almost looks like those things just happened to fall there or were misplaced by little hands… but of course we know how hard you worked and to what great expense you went to achieve that haphazard “look.” And to think! You did all that with a houseful of little ones too!

    How Do you do it??


  7. Can we just leave our Advent craft scraps and broken crayons and cookie crumbs on the floor all season long and make it a holiday tradition? Like that Jesus was born in a manger so our house doesn’t have to be spic’n’span either? Hope that wasn’t sacrilege…

    Thanks for the relief that my home is one of many others where holidays (and normal days) are messy!

  8. Rachel, I have almost finished your book and it was so encouraging! I loved it. And now, joy abounds: I have discovered your blog!

    Ah, and I am relieved to merely reiterate what every other mother has commented; your kid-friendly house looks just like mine, in all of its glorious, lived-in, splendor!

  9. Rachel is there any chance you want to share your caramel recipe from last year? I think I want to give it a whirl and if they turn out well, I’ll make some for my husbands co-workers!

  10. I am always wondering if my house is the only house that can look like a tornado hit before breakfast – it’s amazing how busy those little people can be!
    Right now there are two big boxes on the floor in my dining room covered with colored paper and glitter (yes, glitter! I am so weak! ) serving as a “gingerbread house – with an addition!!” Messy but oh SO FUN!
    Thank you for sharing Rachel.
    xo, Michelle

  11. I can’t even thank you enough for that picture. I often get so discouraged, and I don’t know what things are supposed to look like, or what it they are “allowed” to look like. It makes me feel better to know that the school/life/home mess that often occurs is alright. I am a little more hopeful about starting my Monday tomorrow. I am so glad that I have found your blog and book! Thank you!

  12. I think every house with small kids should have kitchen floor that color and texture. That looks like very attractive camoflauge. πŸ™‚

  13. Oh joy! Someone else has a decorating theme so similar to mine at their house! Similarly to you, I have worked all day to get the sink to achieve a piled-with-Christmas-Cookie-mess look, I have displayed in the living room next to the pian0 two very full laundry baskets of CLEAN clothes so that everyone knows I do our laundry regardless of what the state of our current outfits may indicate, and the toys scattered throughout the house are my best work yet; they proclaim the fun and cheer we have been having while we “let go” of the messes a little and enjoy the season and all the excitement it brings. πŸ™‚

  14. I LOVE THIS. Seriously, it is so comforting to see visual proof that I’m not the only one with a floor attractively layered with random objects by artistic small ones!

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