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A Time for Reflection

There is so much I love about this time of year. I love the baking and the eating and the visiting. I love the process of making gifts and the anticipation of wondering if the girls will like them. I’ve loved taking each of them out for some special time with me, to shop for each other. They both picked out incredibly thoughtful gifts. It was really sweet to watch their process. I also love watching the girls getting more and more excited about Santa coming for a visit. The countdown is definitely on in this house.

For me, I’ve finished my Christmas shopping… the baking is done too… the gift making… well, that’s another story.

Last year, I spent a LOT of time, making these dolls for the girls.

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I really struggled with the fact that they weren’t perfect, and I hadn’t been able to complete everything I wanted to, but I finally made peace with it. I did worry, for a little while, that the dolls wouldn’t become companions, like I’d hoped when I made them, but that simply isn’t the case. They love them, which makes me smile. But it also makes me think. Do we put too many expectations on the gifts that we give? Have we lost sight of what this time of year is really about?

As I’m busy sewing up a few clothes to put under the tree this Christmas… I’m trying really hard to remember my lessons from last year. That things don’t always have to be perfect and that the time I spend with my girls is way more important to them, than anything I can put under a tree.

Hope you’re all finding a way to enjoy the good of the season… and not the stress that often goes with it!

Happy Friday 🙂

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