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Lazy and Loving it. Oh, and Happy New Year!

What was supposed to be a few weeks blogging break turned into almost a year off…10 months,10 days to be exact. I can’t believe this is the last day of 2014… better late than never…

Although this year turned out to be a whirlwind of activities and demands, I’m grateful for the journey and the lessons that I’ve learned along the way, and there have been many. But I’m especially grateful for the few days during the last week that I was able to slow down, relax and enjoy precious moments with my family and myself. (Ok so that last part didn’t sound right but I enjoy my own company, alone time.)

The entire year has been filled with tight schedules, rigorous routines and a stringent structure. So having a few lazy days were extremely gratifying; and boy did I take full advantage of being lazy. I lounged around, spent moments baking cookies, lounged with the kids and hubby while watching Christmas movies and lounged while watching them at the park. Did I mention just lounging?

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I had a chance to read a few blogs and even write this post. I’m reminded how much I miss occupying this space in blog land. I definitely plan on visiting much more frequently in 2015.

I’m also using this opportunity to wish everyone a Blessed and Prosperous New Year. With the office closed for the weekend, I plan on enjoying a few more lounging, lazy days as I ring in the new year.

May God bless you exceedingly, abundantly above all you may ask or think…__——–_——Ephesians 3:20

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  • Did you have any lazy days over the holidays? How did you spend it?

 

Oh Christmas Tree…

Growing up, our family celebrated Christmas but without all the fanfare. We didn’t decorate the house or put up a Christmas tree. I don’t even remember whether or not we exchanged gifts. If you read my post, 8 Reasons Why Christmas Is My Favorite Season, you’d understand why I was extremely delighted when I lived on my own and was able to buy myself a small Christmas tree. Throughout the years, an artificial tree has been my tree of choice. But last year when we decided to finally dispose of our 7 year old, 8 feet,  severely worn Christmas tree, and our failure to capitalize on the after Christmas Christmas tree sales, we decided to”try out” a real tree.

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Because this was my first experience with a real Christmas tree, I didn’t know what to expect. I decided to purchase a relatively small tree: 5-6 feet tall. I asked the salesperson if there was anything special I should know about having a real tree. He very nonchalantly said “No, not really. Just buy a tree holder. And if you  water it periodically, it should last til Christmas”. What? I had to water a tree that may not even last til Christmas? Then it hit me. I was buying a high maintenance, evergreen tree that could potentially turn brown and die on me if I didn’t take good care of it. Yikes! I’m the type of person that puts up my tree on Nov. 1st  (like I did last year) and not take in down for 3-4 month. I was starting to have second thoughts about having a “short term”tree.

I brought the tree home and did an Internet search. Several searches advised that cutting an inch off the trunk allows the tree to absorb water. For real? Nobody said anything about cutting wood. I solicited my hubby to do the dirty work. I later found out that the tree lot provided that service by request. Oh well.


I also learned that there are a million needles that continuously fall from the tree…I guess our tree was a little dry. Also that its super important to make sure the lights that we decorate the tree doesn’t get too warm because real trees burn much faster than artificial.

The initial strong scent of the pine was a little overwhelming. I sneezed, it had to have been about 20 times straight. Thankfully we eventually  are now able to enjoy the wonderful pine scent aroma that fills the living room.

Despite all of the uncertainties of buying a real tree this year, we were able to enjoy family time decorating the tree. The children helped with lighting the tree, placing ornaments on the tree and cleaning up the fallen needles. All in all, the real tree experience has been great so far. I’ll have to wait until after Christmas to determine whether or not we’ll buy a real tree again.

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Upside: There’s nothing to store. We can dump it after Christmas. Downside: I can’t keep the tree up until mid February like I did last year.

Are you  putting up a real or artificial tree this year. What’s your preference. I’d love to hear about it.