Monday, December 24, 2012

Series Wrap Up: A Season of Serenity at Home

We made it! It's Christmas Eve. As I write this, the kids are in bed, the lights on the tree are lit, and the house is quiet. It feels pretty serene, so I'd say this series did its job! I wanted to take today to look back at this year's Christmas inspiration series, and to thank all the wonderful bloggers who contributed this year.
A Season of Serenity at Home, Christmas Ideas & Inspiration, from Serenity Now

I definitely had my "moments" this Christmas season. Losing my temper with grumpy kids, freaking out about running out of lights for the tree, stressing over spending another Christmas running around town to "put time in" on Christmas day, feeling that sting of envy looking at another blogger's beautifully decorated holiday home when mine is strewn with toys. 

But, overall, this series gave me the time I needed this month to "detox" from blog stuff. Instead of staying up late to edit photos or work on projects, I was able to wrap gifts and watch Christmas movies. I read stories to my girls instead of throwing together another craft to feature on the blog. 

It was wonderful.

I know that series aren't always popular with readers. We like to see new, regular content from blog owners as often as possible. But blog writers are men and women with families too, and this blog writer knew she needed a Season of Serenity at Home! I appreciate the positive, encouraging comments that many of you left on the posts for the series.

My blogging friends came through this year with inspirational posts, projects, crafts, party ideas, style tips, and recipes. I read each post with all of you, taking notes for next year's Christmas fun.

I hope you found something new and inspiring to take away with you from this series. You can find a round-up of all the posts here

Thanks to Imparting GraceRandom Thoughts of a SUPERMOMShe's {Kinda} CraftyAt the Picket FenceYummy Mummy KitchenIt's OverflowingTwo Twenty One, and Michaela Noelle Designs for taking time out of your busy holiday season to share inspiring content with us! You all made my December so much more pleasant and relaxing.

I'll have a short holiday message up tomorrow, but for today, I want to wish each and every one of you a beautiful, blessed Christmas! I'm off to get ready for our annual "dessert buffet" with family tonight!

What are your plans for Christmas?


  1. I stepped away from blogging for much of this season, too, and it was a good decision.

    Merry Christmas, Amanda! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family! :)

  2. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!
    Debbie :)

  3. Love your blog - keep up the the great work! Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)

  4. I used to get envious of other bloggers and their gorgeously decorated homes, but they don't have our lives - you have two young children; I have a pre-teen boy, a demanding stressful job, and I go to college - I don't have time to decorate, so I just live vicariously through other people's homes.

    I put up a tree, hang the stockings, and call it done. My husband and son appreciate it, and that's all that matters.

    I hope you have a very happy 2013, Amanda!

  5. Thank you so much for this! I've shared your post on Facebook and know it will make a difference, in my attitude at least!

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