It came and it went, as I knew it would.
The decorations made it up afterall (although less than usual).
The tree, (although a process) made it's way to the towering place of honor.
And the mantle got a simpler style than it's predecessors.
(I had to convince my son that the stockings --
(now 4" mittens from last years Starbucks cards) were cool.
I tried this year to balance, (with intention) simplicity,
while still providing joy to those around me.
What a lovely Christmas it was... homemade and thoughtful gifts,
less under the tree, time together, and lots and lots of food.
Even with simplicity, came a bit of exhaustion...
Albeit, with simplicity~~ came more meaning.
... even the decor can get e x h a u s t e d!