Lately, I’ve been getting to grips with Instagram. Late to the party, I know, but come say hi here! Being a very visual person, I’m loving it and one of the first people I checked out was Myquillyn Smith, a.k.a. The Nester. Her blog, The Nesting Place, is one of very few home decor blogs I follow, mostly because of her motto: “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” That’s something I can aspire to! Over this high-pressure Christmas season, she’s reminding people that her normal slogan is equally if not more important at Christmas. (Check out the hashtag #idhtbptbbchristmas on Instagram for some gloriously imperfectly beautiful homes when you have time – you know, like in June! 😉 )
The thing is, this philosophy is brilliantly useful at this time of year and it goes well beyond the visual. Yes, I think my Christmas tree is beautiful, despite it being so lop-sided it looks as if it’s trying to watch Christmas movies with us. But what makes it even more beautiful to me is that I managed to let the kids decorate it this year without either hyperventilating or re-decorating it later that night. I haven’t rearranged a SINGLE ornament! #IDHTBPTBB
It also works for behaviour. Right now my kids are playing angelically together, having created an imaginary raft on the living-room floor and an entire narrative around it. We’re lucky they get on so well but I know this won’t last. Two hours ago they were scrapping like tired puppies and they will scrap again, almost certainly before bedtime. But I will not let that spoil the joy of this moment. #IDHTBPTBB
You know I live to cook and Christmas can be a foodie’s playground. I could have spent many hours over the last week or two with the
cookbooks out, designing the PERFECT Christmas dinner or finding the PERFECT mince pie recipe. But I haven’t because this year I know my kids need my presence more than gourmet delights. So today I bought frozen roasties and parsnips and I’m not cooking a single new recipe on the 25th. Yes, that’s right. Say it loud and say it proud. Aunt Bessie is cooking part of Christmas Dinner. #IDHTBPTBB
The next few days will be awash with photos. As in the past, some of the happiest moments in our home will be around the kitchen table which is why, in our less than palatial home, many of my favourite pics have either the kitchen bin, the washing machine or a pile of dirty dishes in the background. But miss out on the beauty of that moment; my child’s smile, the goofy antics or the burst of Mama-creativity that made that day special? No way! #IDHTBPTBB, people.
So, as we approach the big showdown, focus on everything that is already good, pan the gold from the grit as the stream of Christmas flows over you and repeat after me. It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful.
Have a very blessed, very joy-filled and very imperfect, perfectly beautiful Christmas.