A Blue Christmas

We are struggling with Christmas a little bit this year.  I was asking Titus yesterday morning why that is.  I love Christmas!  I love everything about it!  And I married a man who loves it just as much as I do.  He even called me a Grinch one year about something, which is just ridiculous because of how much I get into all the decorating and planning. 🙂

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But this year we seem to be lacking enthusiasm for the holiday. Maybe it’s because of having a new baby, or sleep depravity, or the fact that this is the fourth house we’ve had Christmas in (we’ve never had two Christmases in one house), or lack of extra cash lying around wanting to be spent ;), or not having any extra family Christmases (we normally have 3 other ones!).  What ever it is Titus and I are struggling a bit.  On one hand it’s a good thing that our kids are still so little and don’t have expectations.  But on the other hand I want them to have a happy and exciting Christmas morning.

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Yesterday, two days before Christmas we left the house for the first time since Faith was born and went and bought a tree.  We spent more than I wanted to, but did get a nice little tree.

(Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree!!)

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It actually fits in that little corner pretty well.   To add to our already blue Christmas when we got the lights out we found that none of them work except half of two strands.  Titus was pretty grumpy last night, I think he isn’t getting enough sleep.  It amazes me how much sleep men need.  So the lights weren’t a very good way to start, and Titus didn’t want to try to fix all of them.  For some reason we have a whole bunch of lights but the strand is white, not green. We’ve never used them before (because they are white!), but they work!  So we put white lights on the tree.  There is a reason they make green stranded lights, in case anyone is wondering.  I tried to stuff them to the middle of the tree so the white isn’t as noticeable.

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Then Titus put the star on the tree.  I really really don’t like the star we have…in fact we have had it for 4 years and I’ve gotten out of using it every year so far! But not this year, AND we couldn’t find the plastic thingy it sits on so the blasted star is zip tied to the tree.  No, I’m not joking!

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I love doing ginger bread houses and have done one every year since high school. I have been so sad that I haven’t done one this year.  But yesterday I found a kit at Sam’s greatly on sale and James and I decorated it last night!  It’s made me a little less blue!  And it’s a huge house, I’ve never done one this big before!

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The frosting wasn’t gluing very well so I got the hot glue gun out to put the house together. I’ve never done that before! That worked remarkable well!  I highly recommend using one if you are frustrated with your frosting.

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Another good thing that happened was that I found my long lost Ecuadorian manger scene that my Aunt Sylvia gave me as a bridal shower gift!  We’ve never gotten to use it because I couldn’t find it any where!

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AND our stockings are done!  More on that later, but they look fabulous!

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Today I’m going to go to the store and buy pre-made treats and cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast.  There are two presents for the boys that I really really want to still get them, that I actually ordered and never picked up at the store so the order was canceled. I have a feeling that the store might just have them in stock though, so I might drive over there and see what I can find.  That probably won’t happen though. 😉

And finally, the results of mommy getting out of the house: a new outfit for Faith, one that actually fits!  I was so sure it would be too small, it looked so small on the hanger.  It fits just right!

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All this to say even though our Christmas might be a hot glued, zip tied, not home made Christmas, we do have so much to be thankful for.  We have three beautiful, healthy children.  We have a warm house, and good food.  The very first Christmas was less than ideal.  Comparing my Christmas with having a baby in a barn doesn’t look so bad after all.  Christmas isn’t about the tree, or the presents, or the food, or the decorations…it’s about Jesus birth.  The start of his life, that He gave for us.  So maybe by having a blue Christmas, in the end it’s really a good thing because our focus is more on Christ.  The only reason we even have Christmas.

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7 responses to “A Blue Christmas

  1. It’s always hard when you’re first married and starting a family. Logistics change and so do traditions. Try to remember that the holiday is the same. I’m sure Mary really didn’t want her baby born in a stable but knew the picture was much bigger. You have an awesome little family. Just start your own traditions that they will always keep with them. It gets easier, I promise. Merry Christmas Penner family! Much love from balmy Minnesota!!

  2. I’ve had those moments before – and not just at Christmas! And your last few sentences say it all.

  3. Love your blog posts! I had that same feeling. So much expectations on having a perfect Christmas since it’s Zoey’s first. Love the last paragraph, that’s what’s important & what we need to remember. Merry Christmas!!

  4. I saw your tag on Phyllis Chapple’s fb page. Her comment so grabbed me, I had to read your post. Know that the King wants only our hearts and is with us to chase away the blues. I’m with you this Christmas on the “blues”; I’m not ready yet for September, yet at the same time am so ready for January. Praying for you and your’s this Christmas day.

  5. Oops, make that Sylvia Roger’s fb page, not Phyllis’.

  6. For us it’s the short season, the miserable weather and all the coming and going! It just doesn’t seem like Christmas should be here yet!! Love this blog-post. Have a fun day tomorrow. We miss you.

  7. I love what you shared at the end of this blog about what you have to be thankful for. It is very hard being away from your families at Christmas time. Jesus’ birth is so worth celebrating and can be special depending on your outlook- hard at times, but still good!

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