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The Perfect Christmas Card and Why It Won’t Be Happening

November 7, 2016

The Perfect Christmas Card and Why It Won’t Be Happening

Its that time of the year.  The time when we are all tempted to create the perfect memories, the perfect holiday.  We rush around from Santa, to Christmas party, to sleigh ride, to Christmas festival, and before we know it, the magic we envisioned for this season is lost.  We are stressed, exhausted, and counting the days til we can take down our Christmas decorations and return to life as normal.  Sound familiar?

Season rushing ugh

Season rushing has really been on my mind this year.  Life seems to be moving faster and faster and I was more than a little irritated that I found Christmas decorations in Costco on October 7th.  Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays!  As a christian, I long for this season to remind myself of the amazing gift we received in Jesus.  But in years past I’ve found myself trying to just do too much, which didn’t just take Christ out of Christmas, but it takes a lot of the joy out of the season in general.

So instead of rushing to making Christmas magic, I’m going to mindfully enjoy each season as it comes.

Being Mindful in a season of crazy

Being a wedding photographer, the perfect Christmas card was always a top priority.  We had to have a professional session, and order the cutest card on the nicest paper.  Somewhere between Christmas cards, rushing around, and the craziness that is life, I just stopped caring this year.  I actually considered not sending cards at all!  But after reconsidering that I really do enjoy getting Christmas cards too, I decided that taking my girls to a local mall photo studio and getting a quick Christmas card printed would be just find.  Is it Pinterest worthy?  Some may say no.  Is it printed on the nicest paper?  Definitely not.  But none of that matters.  What matters is the fact that a beautiful photo was captured of my girls at a very precious age.  It also is a staunch reminder that I need to MINDFULLY slow down.

Yes, we have to slow time

Our kids are growing faster than I can type and soon all of this will be a memory.  But this year, I choose to impart margin into our holiday, making time for the stuff that really matters.  It may be simple, but isn’t that what Jesus is all about?  Instead of remembering a flurry of stress brought on by finding the perfect Christmas outfits or baking 12 dozen Christmas cookies, we are going to focus on the real magic making, simplicity and being together.

Oh, and for the perfect Christmas card?  I think this one is pretty much spot on 🙂

Are you living in this season too?  What ways are you trying to intentionally be more mindful and present?  How do you choose to slow down?  Comment below!

24 Comments

  • Britney Crosson

    November 7, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Good idea! Focus on family! Love it!

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      November 7, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      simple is better!

  • Shannon

    November 7, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    That photo is perfect! Christmas cards are a lot of work but yours will be just perfect!

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      November 7, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      thank you!

  • Lucretia Carter

    November 7, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I personally enjoy the crazy real life cards. Do what makes you happy and take one more stressful thing off your list so you can enjoy the season.

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      November 7, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Exactly! One less thing to do!

  • Amy Smith

    November 7, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    They are so cute. And you are right, focusing on family and making beautiful memories is best.

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      November 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you! Yes, that is what its all about!

  • Emma @ Muddy Boots and Diamonds

    November 7, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I love this photo! I honestly think studio portraits aren’t a bad way to go for kids. We’ve done that in the past and I’ve loved what was captured. Last year I started a couple of new traditions for our family, so I’m hoping to continue them. I also insist that Christmas Day be a stay at home family day because we do so much traveling in December. I feel like if I need a day at home, our kids could benefit from it too!

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      November 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      love the idea of staying at home on Christmas! rushing around is no fun!

  • Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    November 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve been thinking a lot about this myself! I get so frustrated that Christmas has become more about all the glitter and lights and parties and fun, that the reason for the season gets squeezed out of the picture. I have a Christmas decoration that I’ve been putting up the last few years that says “Simplify Christmas, Celebrate Christ”. It is a great reminder to me about what my focus needs to be during this time of year.

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      November 7, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Its so hard. I used to think I had to have everything lined up and perfect. Its so much more than that! thanks so much 🙂

  • Mamaguru

    November 7, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    That’s a great attitude! I urge people to be mindful of all they need to do and not to be afraid to let things go so they can have stress free holidays. It’s really not the end of the world to sit this one out.

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      November 7, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      exactly!!!

  • Mary Barham

    November 7, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    yes yes and yes!! who cares about all the fancy stuff… it’s the memory that really counts. I am scared to even try to take pictures this year

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      November 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      agreed!! its kind of a hassle all over 🙂

  • Karen – Sarcastic Parent

    November 7, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    I have never done christmas cards or any really professional photos done. Hell we didn’t even do engagement pictures. I just feel uncomfortable with posed pictures but when I see cute kids like yours, I want to for my mini lol

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      November 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      there are some really amazing photographers who can capture beautiful candid moments! Those are my favorite types of photos anyway!

  • Luz T

    November 8, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Sometimes we have to step back and take it all in. This post actually makes one think about letting go of social media, phones, etc and just enjoying the holidays. Thanks!!

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      November 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Sometimes a step back is a good one!

  • Madi

    November 8, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I love this! There are so many more important things!

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      November 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you!

  • Joy

    November 8, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    I feel you! It reminds me to slow down too. The magic of NOW escapes us. My thoughts are always jumping on what I will do in my birthday or my parent’s anniversary or my niece’s baptism. The result is I never focus on what is happening now, like how can I best prepare my children’s lunch boxes, fix the shelf or finish bake a dessert, etc.

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      November 15, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      I agree with you! its so hard to do that with so much going on!!!

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