Just a quiet Tennessee Christmas

We aren’t going to California for Christmas. The only real reason for this is the cost of plane tickets. If we had the extra money, we probably would have gone. I will be heading out there in February for my brother’s wedding so there is no way we could have gone for Christmas too. On the other hand staying at home and having a nice and quiet Christmas sounds great to me. Not having to travel across the country with three boys while everyone else is traveling across the country sounds good to me. Don’t get me wrong, we miss our families and wish we could be with them, but since we can’t be with them we plan to enjoy this quiet Christmas.

The last few days have been nice. We have been catching up around the house and relaxing. Just hanging out with the family. I got all my shopping done by the 21st and have been able to relax a little bit. We have pretty much wrapped everything so all we need to do to play Santa is put out some cookies and put the presents under the tree.

It is supposed to snow on the 26th, maybe a lot. At least a lot for Tennessee. I am really hoping that happens. I know I get sick of the white stuff but this week would be a great time for it. We really don’t have any plans and it would be a nice day to stay home and play in the snow.

I have also been taking this time to think about the past year and think about everything I am thankful for. Sometimes it seems that when life gets too stressful, I don’t get a chance to really see how I have been blessed. I worry about too many things that I really shouldn’t be worried about.

I am thankful for my sweet family. For my 8, 6 and 2-year-old. For my wonderful husband of almost 10.5 years. For our loving families and for the chance to make money from home. For my husband’s job and for a nice home to raise my kids in. Things aren’t perfect and some days are just a challenge but I am so thankful for everything I have.  When I think ahead to 2013 I get a little sad because I know my sweet husband won’t be a huge part of it.  I am taking every day of his break as time to be together and soak him up.  As we as a family prepare for a hard year I want to relax in this moment and try not to worry too much about the upcoming months.  This year we will have a nice quiet Christmas and enjoy the time we have.

Santa at Bass Pro Shops


At Bass Pro Shops for free pictures with Santa.

How are you celebrating Christmas this year?



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WAHM of three boys, wife of 12 years, blogger, photography and book nerd.

  • Jen

    I hope you have an amazing Christmas! We aren’t going home for Christmas either, we just moved to Texas and it’s just too much right now.