A Perfect December Day

It’s not really in my nature to slow down, take it easy or sit still. Especially when I have days off work. I always feel like I should be doing something, or tackling projects and laundry. But this week I’m challenging myself to just enjoy each moment as it comes, and treasure the holiday. My kids are 5 and 10, so I know the precious years of their Christmas excitement will be gone before I know it.

Instead of worrying about things still un-done, we enjoyed a leisurely day strolling through the mall, and gorgeous Neiman Marcus. No other store has more beautiful holiday displays.

Instead of rushing them to the next store, we lingered in every department, for snuggles and daydreams.

Instead of worrying about ruining dinner (and my jean size), we savored hot popovers with strawberry butter. Okay, several popovers.

Instead of pushing for Santa (Babygirl wants nothing to do with Santa’s lap), we giggled at the chance to meet Mrs. Clause.

Instead of worrying about traffic and schedules, we sat staring at the huge tree and ice skaters until everyone had their fill.

Instead of worrying about bedtimes, we treasured the darkness and all the neighborhood lights.

Instead of searching for the ‘perfect’ hostess gift, I tied a stylish free printable tag from Courtney and House of Fifty to an affordable bottle of wine.

It was a perfect day, with no stress, nagging or melt downs. Obviously every day can’t be this way, but I’m learning to treasure the ones that can.

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  1. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Sounds like the perfect day! Treasure them, they go by quickly. Our oldest graduated from college last Tuesday and I still can't believe it!

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  2. I get Cupcake wine all the time

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  3. Julie wrote:

    I need to do as you do! "Instead of worrying about traffic and schedules…" Boy do I need to stop worrying!

    Btw…I absolutely love Cupcake wine! It has become my favorite!!!

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  4. Meggie wrote:

    Hey Cassie… this is so random, but your gold and black mirror also happens to be in crazy Kim's new "dream home" on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Not a very exciting story once I typed it… so there ya go!

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  5. Love this! And I am so jealous that your babygirl is wearing flip flops!!

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  6. Leslie wrote:

    I'm glad that you could take this day and really savor it with your children. What a perfect day!

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  7. Sounds like the PERFECT Christmas day!! Love this! And those popovers are calling my name!! 🙂

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  8. Dharma wrote:

    Cassie, I guarantee your children will never remember the "perfect hostess gift" you provided to some random neighbour….but they will always remember having a lovely day with their Mum….watching skaters, sitting in toy piles and eating those yummy popovers. They are small for so brief a time. My boys are 10 and 15 now…we did this the other night too. Wandered around the mall….having treats and looking at Spiderman comics, watching aquatic frogs in vases.

    Merry Christmas. From my little pond to yours 🙂 Your mermaid, Dharma

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  9. Looks like fun! What a great reminder to slow down and enjoy the holidays with my family!

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  10. WOW thank you for this post . . . I SO NEEDED IT! ….you are absolutely right, we cant do this everyday but we need to do it more often. I really want to try this myself, thank you for the inspiration and reminder. *** deep breath **

    stop by my blog if you get a chance, you can see why this post hit home : )

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  11. Shanna wrote:

    Love this. It is so spot on. My kids are 3 and 5 and the magic of Christmas is so very real for them right now – I am cherishing this holiday with them. Merry Christmas Cassie!

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  12. Michaela wrote:

    Aw what a fun day! Glad you're taking it easy this week! You deserve it (: And seeing Mrs. Clause sounds like a much better option! hehe

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  13. awesome. so glad you had such a wonderful day with your kids!

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  14. That's the stuff life is made of! So wonderful. And thanks for the sweet gift tag shout out.

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  15. Jane wrote:

    Makes me smile to think about your wonderful day & the memories you children will have. Thank you for all the enjoyment I've gotten from your blog. I look fwd to it every day. Merry Christmas to you & family.

    Posted 12.21.11 Reply
  16. KatieQ wrote:

    It looks like you spent a magical day with your children. I'm glad you took the time to make some memories.

    Posted 12.21.11 Reply
  17. Amanda wrote:

    that sounds just wonderful!!! what a great memory for years to come!

    Posted 12.21.11 Reply
  18. What a beautiful day, Cassie. This is what Christmas is about!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.


    Posted 12.21.11 Reply
  19. Looks like a perfect day! Just stopping by to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy peaceful New Year!
    Rachie xo

    Posted 12.23.11 Reply