Christmas vignettes: day one & avoiding a seasonal meltdown.

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. I was up too late. My kids were up too early fighting over the bathroom, complaining about the gorgeous weather and lack of snow. The dog was being a weirdo hiding under the kitchen table from me (she's 91 pounds) hoping to avoid her eye drops. Most of December I'm usually like an overgrown Christmas Elf. I have every intention of not caving to the hustle and bustle of this busy month. And then somehow I realize Christmas is ten days away. And I crack, every year. By ten a.m. it was time to check myself and hit the reset button.

If I'm honest, I know I won't be "done" until the very last minute. It's who I am: constantly fluffing, preening, adding a ribbon, taking one away, moving pillows from room to room. I accept it and embrace it. It's actually one of the things I enjoy most about this month. When I'm feeling Grinchy, playing around with my decor is a good distraction.  Cutting back on the amount of "stuff" I put out has helped me find ways to be creative  and therefore more relaxed,  (shopping Amazon Prime has too) so this week I'll be sharing a series of Christmas vignettes that help me keep things simple yet festive.

These candlesticks belonged to my aunt/Godmother who passed away not too long ago. Her birthday would be Friday and she's been on my mind. Although a bit tarnished these are a sweet reminder of her. Paired with my Pottery Barn reindeer, simple white candles and my large bowls, this vignette adds a neutral, quiet dose of Christmas atop my fridge and out of the fray.

You've seen this corner before. It's one of the most functional spots in my kitchen and I'm always tweaking it to get it to work harder for me. The silver drinks bucket holds mason jars with all the tools my kiddos need to do homework and create the comics that are their latest obsession. My favorite Homegoods lamp, a clipping from our Christmas tree and a small collection of sentimental art and photos make this corner pretty for me and practical for them.

These little moments in my home don't shorten my to-do list,  make my dog less wacky, or my kids stop bickering, but they bring me some joy in the midst of the craziness which goes a long way in my book.

How do you avoid a seasonal meltdown?