Last year I didn’t put up a Christmas tree until I think Christmas Eve. And then I didn’t put decorations on it until AFTER Christmas. Decorating the tree is one of my favorite thing to do ever. I used to go as a child to my grandparents and spend the entire night decorating their tree. We always played John Denver and the Muppets Christmas album, which is the greatest Christmas album of all time. I put my business before my life last year. Thank goodness I married the most sane man ever who has helped balance me out. I do not have the balanced together life down pat, but I working hard to get there.
We took time last night to clean out the front rooms that were full of stuff that didn’t have a place yet. Moving in to a new place takes time, you know? We decorated the mantle and my aunt Helen’s piano and our first Christmas tree! It’s a fake tree this year because we aren’t sure how the cats are going to handle a tree! But it’s decorated and our house is starting to feel like a home.
Life is more important than other stuff. When you run your own business, work never stops. There is always something more you could be doing. But I turned off work last night to decorate our house and it was worth it. I want to be more about quality work, not quantity. I want to be more thoughtful of the work I put out into the world. And I want to look back 50 years from now and know that I didn’t neglect our little family, but was present!
That doesn’t mean the next two weeks aren’t insane. I’ve got a house show in STARKVILLE this Wednesday. Porter Flea in Nashville is this weekend. And Indie Emporium in Tulsa is next weekend! But once that’s over, it’s Muppet Christmas Carol and eggnog time!
I hope you and your family have the happiest of Christmases!!!