Coming Soon to a Life Near You: The Holiday Rush

Well, it’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is in 4 days. Then the day after Thanksgiving: one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and a few weeks after that, Christmas is here, then New Year’s…you get the drift. This year I have so much to be thankful for. A new husband, a new home, a new job, and I look around me and for the first time in my life I have little to stress over. Things are good.

I still want to go into wig-out mode though. Why? I’m still searching the answers to that one. I think it’s just the holidays. I’ve been trying to get things ready around the house for a couple of months now, and the list of things to complete is too large to complete by Thanksgiving or Christmas. Why is it that I feel everything must be Martha Stewart perfect in order to entertain guests? Why can I not be comfortable and just let others see my home in its daily disarray. Not too messy, but not too neat either. A load of clothes left unfold that needs to be put away. The day’s pair of shoes tossed underneath whatever table I settled into first at the end of the day. These are the things that make a home feel like a home.

The houses I enjoy visiting most aren’t those that look like the cover of a Better Homes and Garden magazine. They are the ones that have the clutter, the imperfect decorating schemes, dust on pieces of furniture that were overlooked the last cleaning round. These are the houses that I want to take my shoes off in and stay awhile. They are the ones I feel at home in. They’re lived in. Why can’t I obtain this same attitude when it comes to my own home? Is it because I read too many books by Emile Barnes years ago? Though her methods are tried and true by many women, the techniques she teaches almost drove me to insanity. I guess the answer is just finding your own middle ground.

While I baste my turkey, prepare my dressing, and prepare my house for entertaining, this is what I’ll be focusing on: trying to discover my middle ground. If you stop by, don’t expect to see everything in order ready for a photo op. But do come by expecting to kick off your shoes and visit a while:)

Published in: on November 19, 2007 at 5:27 am  Leave a Comment