This Christmas was special because it was Sage’s first. In years past, I shared multiple posts in the month of December about how I was decorating, what our Christmas cards looked like and other holiday inspiration. But this year, I’m sharing my first (and only) Christmas blog post today and it’s New Years Eve! While it’s a bit late to share any inspiration for this year, I still wanted to document what this Christmas looked like for our family, from simple decorating to establishing some new traditions.
We put up our tree just before Thanksgiving - something I never thought I would do! - but I took my time decorating it. In fact, I added the wood bead garland just a couple days before Christmas. Our nieces did some rearranging of ornaments, but I didn’t bother to fix it before snapping this photo this morning. The tree looks a little sparse here, but with the lights on it’s just right! Perfectly imperfect. Other than the tree, I kept the decorations very minimal. Just pulling out a few things from the attic like this gold deer I thrifted years ago and some small ceramic Santa figurines that belonged to my Nana.
I love designing cards to send to our friends and family every year! We had our photos taken three times by Savannah Smith Photography this year so I added some extra favorites to the back side of our cards. I always share our highlights and wishes for the coming year. This year, they are pretty simple and all about Sage! I keep a copy of each year’s Christmas card in an album that I really love flipping through this time of year. You can see our previous years cards here: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.
Sage’s first Christmas felt a little like my first Christmas again. Holidays start to lose their magic in your young adult years but I can attest that once you have a child of your own, that spark comes back. My wish for Sage was to have a simple and meaningful first Christmas. We started some new traditions, like a Christmas Eve Brunch complete with homemade waffles and giving Sage just four gifts: want, need, wear and read. We aren’t sure how and if we’ll do Santa for Sage, but we have another 359 days to figure that out! We celebrated Christmas morning at home and had family come to visit in the afternoon. I really couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day for our first Christmas as a family of three.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!