Yesterday, I had this grand idea that we would spend our "Family Time" making these cute snowman ornaments I saw on Pinterest.
Oh I wanted cute ornaments made from my children's handprints. Cute and crafty and creative ornaments. . .ornaments with matching snowflake ribbon that went with the theme of snowmen. Transformed ornaments that would remind me in years to come of how small my kids' hands were.
I envisioned all 7 of us painting and creating while we laughed and talked and enjoyed being together.
And then I lost it.
Because 2 ornaments broke before we even got paint on them. . .I mean in the first 2 minutes.
Because Rob insisted we put down a drop cloth and I could not wait the 3 minutes for him to go find it. . I wanted to start creating beautiful art now.
Because the kids were so excited to get started that they painted their own hands and then grabbed the ornament and it looked like a big ol blob of white paint. .and each kid had to go wash their hands. . .me yelling not to touch anything. . .and we had to wash the paint off all the ornaments, dry them, and start over.
It was not as easy or as quick as I had envisioned when I read the tutorial.
Because when I was teaching the kids how to draw hats and eyes and carrot noses, they were not listening. . .they just wanted to be artists and go for it. . do it their way, not mine. And I wanted them to look pretty.
Because David wanted to draw baseball caps on his snowmen and I said no. And so then he drew tongues sticking out of the snowmen's mouths. . .until I told him to stop. . . in not the most pleasant voice. Do you see the tongues below?
Oh, we so set the tones in our homes. And it is a privilege and an honor that we as moms and wives get to create the home atmosphere for our family. And I so messed up. Ugh.
I want a home atmosphere of peace and joy. . .and especially at Christmas.
And here I have gone into Christmas with massive to-do lists. Christmas (and just regular life) is not about moving thru the to-do list.
You'd think I would know that. . me who writes at The Intentional Home. . me who wrote a post about this exact topic last year.
I need to stop and think about what I really want this holiday season to be like for my family, for my home.
I need to figure out if my expectations of Christmas are realistic?
What stresses me out this time of year?
What activities do I so want to make sure happen this Christmas?
What would make this Christmas the best one yet?
I am going to ask Rob and the kids these questions over dinner tonight. What do they want to make sure happens this Christmas season? What would they rather skip? I am also going to apologize.
I should have started this Christmas season not with a to-do list, but by being intentional. By figuring out what we Soutters want Christmas to be like. And I did not. I got swept away with decorating and putting dates on the calendar and making lists and shopping and making handprint snowman ornaments.
Tell me. . .what do you want your Christmas to be like?
And even after reading this post, if you still want to make some handprint snowman ornaments, check out the tutorial here.