There's no theme this year.
No color scheme.
Just a simple Christmas.
I didn't spend any money on decorations this year.
I didn't even put out all of my decorations this year.
And ya know what?
I don't miss it.
No pressure this year.
Just happy traditions.
Christmas carols on Pandora are free.
The sound of happy children is free.
Moving a simple little elf around the house and the joy it brings is free.
Drinking hot chocolate with my kiddos while sitting around the table talking about our day isn't free, but it certainly is cheap.
So is burning a candle I got at a yard sale for a buck.
The smell of fresh baked cookies is free.
Seeing my teenager wear her handmade apron from when she was six years-old, while baking cookies together makes me smile. And it's free. (Posting that picture on my blog would cost me $20)
Fake poinsettias from ten years ago that still look real are free.
Beautiful white snow on the ground is the perfect backdrop for Christmas. And it's free.
Rearranging my family room for the last time (New Years Resolution) is free too!
Watching your favorite Christmas specials over and over is totally free and never gets old.
Driving around the neighborhood in your pajamas looking at Christmas lights is free!
Dressing them up for pictures is free.
Seeing the excitement of the season on their faces is the best kind of free there is.
Getting your first college acceptance letter in the mail is oh-so exciting and free!
Four years of college? Not so free.
So there you have it. It feels good to be back to doing what I love. This blog will be undergoing some changes in the New Year. I can't wait to share them with you.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Thanks for stopping by and have a merrylicious holiday!