Before I became a mom, Christmas seemed to be something that was losing meaning for me. It was a frenzy of buying for family, too much food and event after event! The scenario may not be that far off to this day, however this year I experienced Christmas in an entirely new light.
When asked how our Christmas was, I can't help but say - with watery eyes - the Most Magical Christmas ever. Okay, this is totally a sappy post, but let me rewind a bit and explain how incredible this experience truly was for our family.
Growing up, I didn't have a whole lot - I knew from a very young age that Christmas was a struggle for my mom, especially in my younger years. I vividly remember visiting Santa's workshop at the Salvation army - an Incredible program put together for low income families. I was able to choose a few toys, and although this always meant a lot to me, it mostly showed me how much my mom cared about giving me the best Christmas ever, no matter what our circumstances were. I always had an immense amount of appreciation for her, and how hard she worked. As I got older, I remembered this time in my life and felt committed to Christmas being all about the love. I have memories of my family having our big family dinners in the shop/garage, heated by a wood stove - some cinnamon and apple roasting on top...a long pop up table, relaxed, laughing listening to country music and spending time with one another. These experiences also shaped my foundation, and my vision for raising our daughter.
Last year was our first Christmas with our girl. She was only 6 months, but it was so special nonetheless. However, I felt that the holidays got away from me. I had a lot of campaigns on the go with companies, I was writing a lot, shooting pictures..sharing, and on top of that, we attended a number of family events and didn't slow down until the New Year. Christmas day was a race against the clock, trying to squeeze in visits with family members to see the baby - and so it goes...we were left feeling like the whole Christmas spirit was a blur.
So that brings us to this year. Perhaps you noticed that I took a 4 week hiatus from social media - or perhaps you did not, but it happened. I needed the space to make room for my job, and the few projects I had with companies leading up to the Holidays, as well as down time with my family. It was also important to me that I leave December clear of new projects, and I was also very mindful of pulling out my camera. It's been a month of soaking in time...slowing down, and immersing ourselves in the season. We took one video of Christmas morning which we will keep for years, but otherwise phones and cameras were away. As someone with a blog, and social networks...this is definitely hard, but we just needed the space to soak in the magic of Christmas.
Before going to bed, we sat on our couch looking at the Christmas tree, stockings and wrapped gifts, and just appreciated how special the next morning will be for our little family, how blessed we are, and how thankful I am personally to be able to provide Piper with a Christmas free of fear, struggle and worry - words cannot explain how my life has shaped me to be so utterly grateful for that moment, my mom, my husband who works so hard, our home, our security - it's something I don't think about enough.
Watching Piper walk out into our living room the next morning, was Magic. The morning was filled with tears and full belly laughs, as P said "WOWW" and "WowEE!!", throughout the entire morning. we received lots of hugs and kisses from her and so many priceless moments that will live on only in our memories.
So, perhaps the reason for this post is just to share a bit about my life...the reason for my long break, a little about the things that have been on my mind, and most of all - it's an invitation to consider the values of your upbringing and how they have shaped your traditions. It's such a Special time of the year, and I love to connect and hear about you, so as always please reach out! Tell me how your Christmas was! You being here, reading what I have to say means so much to me. Thank you for following along and Happy Holidays to you all!!
Hi! My name is Amber, I am a wife and mother to Piper June. Welcome to my blog. You will find my path towards natural health and wellness as well as my honest discoveries as a new mother. In all aspects of life, I strive to cultivate Balance through a mindful existence. I share my experiences as a mother, helpful product reviews and companies that I am passionate about for our family. I am so grateful for your visit xo