“Keeping It Real Through The Holidays” From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power, and welcome back to our “Keeping it Real Through the Holidays” series. We were just talking about decorating and gift buying and all these crazy traditions we’ve all bought into that tend to really put us on a crazy cycle and take the fun out of life. So grab your coffee and let’s pick up where we left off.

Let me see; where were we? Oh, that’s right, the Christmas tree. I’ll never forget George and my first Christmas in our home in Yucaipa. The day after Thanksgiving, George and I and little Baraka (our four-legged child) set off for the Christmas tree farm down off the freeway at Oak Glen and we got in line. And when the rope was moved and the guy told us we could go, we set off like a crazy trio, running towards the tree we had been eyeing for a couple of weeks from afar. We got it, too!

Before...

It was in between 16 & 17 feet, and I don’t think we’ll ever forget the memories we created with that tree. Getting it in and out of the house was an experience George will never forget. And taking it down, well, it only took me three and a half hours to undecorated, and then George got a huge tarp and spread it out all around the tree, and it took him one and a half hours to cut it into sections in order to get it through the door and out to the curb.

Yeah, that was our first annual decorating party. I think we had about 45 people there. Those are memories I actually cherish, very real memories with the fun, food and fellowship, but was it without stress, anxiety, and/or financial sacrifice? If I search my heart, I’d have to admit, there was quite a bit of stress and definitely some financial sacrifice, but all in all that first year and that huge tree was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience that I’m glad we had, and you can bet we won’t be repeating it.

And after... Beautiful

Yeah, this year is definitely going to be different, though I can’t make all kinds of crazy, drastic changes all in the same year, but because I’ve learned what I’ve learned, I’m definitely rethinking why and how we celebrate this season. Please join me Monday as I begin to reveal some history about this season and some of the traditions we’ve adopted for our own. These truths are definitely going to give you some freedom from a lot of the stress that we tend to impose upon ourselves.

Have an awesome weekend and I’ll talk with you Monday.

Evinda

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