I had a date tonight.
A very, special date. So I dressed in a red Christmas sweater (no, not one of those tacky ones with the built-in twinkling lights) :-D
(my apologies to anyone who wears Christmas sweaters with built-in Christmas lights).
I even put on makeup and brushed my hair.
After almost two weeks of sweatpants and tshirts and being covered in glitter - (can you believe I actually had a piece of glitter in my teeth where you would normally see some spinach or parsley. Glitter!) - it was nice to get out for a few hours.
It was not an ordinary date with wine and dinner and such. (Although, that sounds very nice, too. Hint, Hint to The Hubbs if he reads this.)
Rather, it was a date with this little Munchkin.
My grandson, Cole. It was his 1st Grade Christmas Pageant.
I have it say it was one of the best I have ever seen. The pageant had an actual story to it. It revolved around Christmas trees, and a moral that "the largest, most glittery tree aren't always the best trees."
They children did an amazing job and it was a great way to spend a "date night."
The lesson that those children sang about and taught us all, stayed with me on the drive home tonight.
"The largest, most glittery tree is not always the best tree."
But, as a Blogger - there is also a small degree of feeling inept and in some ways... "not as good."
There are so many talented Bloggers showing beautiful homes and unimaginable projects - it gets a bit overwhelming. You even wonder at times why you are blogging and if all the effort is even worth it.
But, two things happened today that reminded me that yes, it is worth it.
First, I get an email from a total stranger thanking me for all of my efforts. She shared with me that she had had a rough year - a sickness and several surgeries. She also said she was unable to do a lot of decorating this year, but she was able to recreate my Mini Snow Village Under Glass, and it made her smile every time she looked at it.
Second, my 3-year old Grandlove, Roo, told me that "Santa was gonna love my lights and give us lots of candy corns." (he insists they are corns, not canes) :-)
An email from a stranger. A comment from a child. And that is all it takes to put things back into perspective.
So even though there is glitter and cedar and candles and white lights galore around
The Everyday Home ...
- there is also Love. Love put into every small tree I potted in galvanized tubs and white pitchers. Love put inside each stocking I hung on the mantel. Love in the glittered initials - one for each of us. Love of Christmas...
And while my home will probably never get a starring role in any large publication, and I will never get interviewed by Oprah... haha
That's ok. Because "the largest, most glittery trees are not always the best trees." :)
In case you're wondering, I used three styles of stickers to create my "Joy to the World" platter. Stickers! Love them. :)
And speaking of Christmas Love...
Miss C had her first official modeling job last weekend. Please forgive me if I show off Grammy's little "Christmas Package."
Watch out, Cindy Crawford.
And while were there, we snuck in the boys, too...
This will make you smile...
Here's hoping that even if your tree is not the brightest, the biggest and the most glittery - it is all that and more in the eyes of those that really matter.
Heather/Vanessa @ at the picket fence for Inspiration Friday
Shanoon at Fox Hollow Cottage
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspirations
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Holiday Vignette Party