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I think what’s always made the holidays -or more accurately- Christmas so special to me is the magic that we’ve always kept alive for our kids. My parents made each Christmas special in that way, and it was really more about the warm feeling we all got than the gifts. We never asked them if Santa was real, we just enjoyed all of the festiveness and togetherness we shared. To me, Santa is the Christmas magic! It’s special that you don’t see him, or get to know all of the secrets of Christmas. We always knew the real meaning and reason for Christmas, of course, and we’ve made sure that Laila and Carson understand that as well.

Laila is 9 this year, and she takes after my Logical Lacey side so much! I know that she has been wondering if Santa is real. Last year, one of my girlfriends told her 9 year old the deal, and she made it so special! She took her to Disney and wrote this amazing letter, and I just thought, wow! That’s the way to go. Talking about how Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness. I gave it a ton of thought and even thought, this is the year! She is way too logical to keep falling for the Elf on the Shelf or Santa anymore.

But then…Laila caught me. She’s one of those sneaky cats who will go through my closet to try and find evidence, or who gets out of bed 1000 times to catch us in the act. At first it totally irritated me, but I know that she is just trying to work out what she thinks is happening with what is really happening. I’m an investigator by nature and a total over-thinker, so I can’t be too mad. However, I was totally crushed by her reaction. She saw me staging candy wrappers for Sebastian (that damn elf’s name that we gave him 5 years ago) and then came out of her room again to find that he moved to his new spot before she even went to sleep. Or before he had time to go back to the North Pole to snitch on her to Santa.

Y’all…she was so upset. She literally yelled at us, “Just tell me the truth”! We sent her back to bed for being extra, and honestly her reaction just really upset me. I’ve worked so hard to make Christmas special each year. From the freaking elf that is a pain in the ass to move each night, in the perfect spot that the cat, dog or 5 year old can’t mess with him. To carefully selecting the perfect thing each day for their advent calendar. Taking them to go look at all of the amazing Christmas lights every year, planning the best Santa gifts and arranging everything on Christmas Eve. And I finally had my out, I could just tell her!

But….I can’t. I’m not ready to take the magic away. As much as it takes up my time and energy every December, I don’t do it for myself. I do it for them! To have them experience that wonder and magic and amazement is everything to me. I feel like if I take that away, Christmas will be just a little bit less special. It may sound weird. But they won’t be little forever, and the best part of being little is BELIEVING. So I’m going to concoct the most creative damn way for Sebastian to come back from the North Pole, and I’m going to keep doing advent and making Christmas as magical as I possibly can. Because ya gotta believe!

UPDATE: my sister and I devised the perfect plan! Michael and I took the kids to dinner and to see some Christmas lights, and she came over to my house and set this up! She is a genius, I loved the letter that she wrote them! The kids freaked out, and let’s just say that the magic is alive and well.

When you buy a new house, the list of things to do seems endless.

At least to me. One of the things that sold me on the house was the cool double-sided fireplace that is showcased in both living rooms! I’ve never heard of this feature before and I think it’s so fun. My friends and family all joke with me about my love for fireplaces. “You live in Florida, you goose!” I’m not saying that I want a roaring fire going in July, but the chance to decorate two mantles was too good to pass up. However, I am NOT a fan of the outdated brass features. No thank you.

I have some ideas on new mantles and tile/brick on the outside to replace the current white tile, but for now I just wanted to get that brass metal covered up. So a quick one day project was born, just in time to decorate for Christmas! Here is the finished product:

The process was easier than I thought! I bought some black HIGH HEAT paint. That is the most important detail, you can’t just slap any paint on a fireplace or you’ll end up with a mess and hazard on your hands. I found the paint at Lowes or Home Depot, I can’t remember. Just ask the clerk, they’ll help you find it! I bought an actual paint brush, but then lost it in a sea of boxes, so I used a wide craft brush that I found in my craft bin. It worked great! The last thing you’ll need is tape, so that you can get both sides of the hardware on the glass doors.

To start, I took the doors off and taped BOTH sides. You can’t just paint the front, because you’ll see the brass on the other side and it will look unfinished. Tip: you’ll want to wait a couple of hours between coats. This paint dries very slowly, and if you do one coat after the other, it will just slide the paint all over the place and take longer to get the desired effect. It also dries to a very sticky consistency before it’s fully cured. I ended up doing three coats, but if you wait a good amount of time between coats, you may be good with just two.

After one coat of paint

Done and ready for Christmas decor!

 Sorry for the bad pictures. I still can’t find my camera (I’m sure it’s in one of the 1000 boxes in my closet) so I took these on my iPhone. BUT – I love how it turned out! The fireplaces look way more modern and clean. I can’t wait to share more holiday decor posts once I’m all set up! I cannot believe that December is two days away. 2018 is going to be here before we know it!

IT’S FINALLY HERE!

It seems like December flew by, yet Christmas always seemed so far away. Now that the big guy is coming tonight to leave presents under the tree, I’m a bit sad to see it go. I go through this every single year! Maybe this year will be different since I’m hosting New Year’s Eve for my family and friends; I CANNOT wait! I’m hoping the anticipation of my favorite day of the year will help me be less sad when I’m taking down the tree. Do you leave your tree up until New Year’s Day? I’ve always taken mine down a day or two after Christmas. I love cleaning the house really thoroughly after pine needles have coated every surface for the past month.

O' Christmas Tree, O' Christmas Tree!

Delightfully crooked, with just the right amount of quirky!

A beautiful Christmas jumble!

CONFESSIONS OF A BAD ELF

When I sit back and reflect on my Christmas activity through the month of December, I feel a little guilty. There are so many things that I didn’t do! Between work travel, weekend commitments, and holiday hustle, I barely had time to online shop. We didn’t even go see SANTA for crying out loud! I didn’t make cookies, put lights on the outside of my house, or even put up the kid’s advent calendar! Also, my Christmas cards that I spent two hours writing out are still sitting on my nightstand waiting to be stuffed with that special family portrait that I never got around to taking…such a bad elf.

Hanging stockings without a fireplace!

But you know what we did do? We spent lots of quality time with our friends and family. We went to look at Christmas lights several times, and soaked it all in with Laila and Carson. We snuggled up on the couch and watched Home Alone approximately 575 times and every other Christmas movie you could think of. And we took time to relax and unwind with each other after busy days running around doing last minute Christmas errands. Plus the kids got to decorate the odd gingerbread house here and there. All in all, I’m not going to lose sleep over what I didn’t accomplish this Christmas; I’m going to cozy up with my children and husband, and I’m going to be happy and thankful for the amazing month that we just whirlwind blew through.

Merry Christmas friends (and Happy Hanukkah at sundown tonight!) I hope your day is merry and bright!