Merry Christmas 2019

Marian Parsonsa slice of life47 Comments

Oh, I wish I had a song to share with you this year, but this was a year of saying “no” to things that were too much.  Our (almost) annual Christmas song for my blog was something that ended up on the no list.   I was pleased with the fact that I was able to pick up my guitar and play last week to see if it was possible, but I was only able to play for short periods of time and my shoulder wasn’t happy with me afterward.  In addition, the “Parsons Family Band” was unenthusiastic this year.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about or you want to watch past songs, you can find them here…

Hope was Born this Night | 2018

Born is the King | 2016

Oh, What a Glorious Night | 2015

The Only Gift | 2013

I actually sang one more song, but it was eaten by the Internet years ago.

It feels like I’ve had to say no to a lot of things this Christmas season…  the song, putting up greens and lights on our porch (we have frozen, dead ferns flanking the door this year), putting up our tree in the dining room, and filling mini advent stockings each day of December.  But there are a lot of good things that I am saying yes to this year…

Spending time with Jeff’s parents, who we haven’t seen since last Thanksgiving.

Going out to breakfast on Christmas Eve, followed by attending a church service.

Working on a puzzle and playing board games with the family.

Crocheting while we catch up and watch Christmas movies and funny cat videos.

Curling up with cats, listening to their soothing purrs.

Enjoying the warmer temps by taking Sebastian out on walks.

Reading & taking notes on anything that inspires.

Making & eating soup and bread.

Learning my mother-in-law’s thumbprint cookie recipe, since it’s Jeff’s favorite.

Wearing jammies whenever and wherever it’s socially acceptable to do so.

Reflecting on this year…the highs, the lows, what I’ve learned, and how I’ve grown.

Looking to next year with excitement for all the creative endeavors to chase, the ideas to bring to life, and the lessons to be learned along the way.

It’s hard to focus on the things that ended up on the no list when there are so many great yeses to enjoy.

I hope your Christmas is filled will all the right yeses and nos.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2019

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47 Comments on “Merry Christmas 2019”

  1. I applaud your yeses and nos! They sound like very good, healthy and happy choices. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. 🌟🌲

    1. Merry Christmas, Marian, to you and your family! Knowing your limits and when to say no is a gift in itself. Wishes for a stronger and healthier new year!

  2. Sometimes you have to say no and yes to new things. Somehow, I am feeling lonesome for Sebastian….is he okay with the kitties getting all the attention? Merry Christmas, and thank you for a year of great posts, again!

    1. Oh, he’s doing great and still gets lots of attention. He’s never been a big snuggler (he prefers to be at your feet or near you, but not on you or right next to you) and he’s always been pretty low key. We adopted him from a cat sanctuary, so he has seemed to enjoy having cats around.

  3. My mother always said whatever gets done is important and what doesn’t truly isn’t. I try to remember these words when I’m chastising myself for things I don’t get accomplished. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. Keep healing and spreading your love and joy. The world needs more of you!

    Merry Christmas!


  5. Thank you for the reminder to focus on the yeses! Merry Christmas to you and your family. 💚🎄❤️

  6. Merry Christmas. I hope your shoulder does better. It is so hard to make yourself rest but I like the fact that you are making notes for inspiration.

  7. Oh, it sounds wonderful! Laid back and peaceful. Just how everyone should celebrate Christmas. A very special Merry Christmas to you & your family. Have a Happy & prosperous New Year! So looking forward to your ‘adventures’ in the coming year. Love your blog. You are one special gal!
    Merry Christmas,

  8. Marian,
    This is the ‘perfect’ Christmas post for me, personally.
    I have found that the progressive degenerative arthritis
    will possibly not allow me to raise my hands for long
    periods of time in the very near future. . .
    and I’m already thinking of the things I will miss decorating
    on Christmas 2020! Thank you for sharing this post.
    I, like you, will try to focus on those things I will be able to do!
    As we both savor the moments we have and focus on the Reason for the Season,
    I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

  9. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Your “less” Christmas is something most people would be happy to accomplish!!

  10. Sounds like so many blessings this Christmas. Less pressure on yourself and more time to enjoy the true meaning of the Season with your love ones. Perfect to me. Merry Christmas and Wishing you and yours a Healthy & Happy New Year!!

  11. I love this. We all should stop and say some nos so we can have more time to appreciate the yeses. Thanks for the reminder. Enjoy your family this Christmas season and hoping for many blessing for your upcoming year.

  12. Thank you for writing this post. My own Christmas is different this year due to breaking my knee just before thanksgiving and then having surgery. I’m trying to be at peace with the numerous nos and scaled down version I am limited to. And because of the no list, I’ve gotten to try some new things. Found out my kids cook a fabulous turkey dinner, better than mine, lol. Healing and not being able to do all that I normally do, though frustrating, at times, it may be the true restoring I’ve been looking for. Best to you and yours. Again, thanks for your honesty. We’re all not alone. A momentary trial that will work marvelous things inHim.

  13. I can’t believe you haven’t seen your inlaws. They are your family, too, you know. I am unsubscribibg. That’s awful and I surround tell i t.

    1. Karen….WOW!!!! Tell us how you really feel!!! Life and distance happens ya know. I am thinking you are the mother of boys and not feeling the love. Pray about it……that is, if you haven’t already unsubscribed.

    2. I hope you do unsubscribe! Ewe.. what’s wrong with you? And for you other people that are so worried about her pets…. please get a life! I’ve been reading Marian’s blog since the beginning, and not only do I read it for decorating ideas but also inspiration from her and the comments. And when I read something negative it gets me sick! Start your own blog and complain on it, let’s see how long that will last! Marian good for you for being strong and continuing blogging, I know those negative comments hurt, it has too, your only human.

    3. Karen, of course, they are my family and we love them! We didn’t NOT see them because we didn’t want to see them, but because we live 1,000 miles away. We talk to our families regularly and love it when we can visit them or they can visit us.

  14. Merry Christmas! Thank you again for another year of creative, cozy and homey inspiration! Enjoy your Christmas with your family just the way it is working out this year, with all the yeses and no’s. Sounds like a wonderful time!

  15. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Yes it is hard to say no to things when you are used to be being busy. I know how that feels, just recovering from knee replacement in Sept. and have just found out that my shoulder is worn out as well. Will be saying no to a lot of things in the new year. Happy that your recovery is doing well. Blessings for the New Year!

  16. You have made all the rally important choices and praising our Savior is right up there. Since you could not play I listened to the past years and enjoyed them as much as when they were done.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours. We look forward to every new opportunity to see what you are doing this next year.

  17. What a lovely post! Too often, I focus on what I didn’t accomplish rather than all that I have. That negative focus obscures the gift that we are celebrating….Christ’s birth. A tiny newborn child born in the humblest of circumstances asked for no fanfare. The best gifts we can give (and receive!) occur in the quiet moments made possible by saying “no.” Thank you for your inspiration!

  18. To all the Parson family:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!
    We miss your “singing greetings” but…we all do understand. Your healing is most important. Have a good one!!!
    Everything looks lovely as usual.

  19. Merry Christmas to you and your family! The more I simplify my holidays, the more I enjoy them. You may find that by doing less you have more time for the things that are truly important.

  20. Merry Christmas and may the joy of the Lord Jesus Christ be your strength in the coming year!

    I really like your blue and white dishes pictured in so many table settings recently, Marion. Any information that can be passed on from you or others on their origin would be appreciated.

  21. Yes, God is soooo good and we all have so much to be thankful for. Sending warm wishes and blessings to you and your family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    P.S. Thanks for another year of your great ideas and inspiration!

  22. Thank you for your refreshing news you send! I must share i purchased the green deer christmas oillows you shared and purchased the red ones for my daughter in law! An early birthday prize! Thank you and i am sure walmart thanks you too!

  23. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I look forward to reading your blog every day. Thank you so much for sharing your life, your trials and your successes. You truly are an inspiration for so many people. Wishing you all the best for 2020.

  24. I, too, am experiencing a less busy Christmas due to health. I have been sick since Thanksgiving and have had to reel in my expectations. Moreover, I am heavily involved in ministry at church and have had to ask others to cover my duties…which they have done enthusiastically, without grumbling about the extra load, and quite well without me. It has been humbling. It has allowed me to read and listen to more of what God has to say. That is Who Christmas is about, after all, God. Instead of thinking about all the things I can “do for God”, I have been remembering all that He has done for me. “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9

    We’ll be here when the next edition of The Parsons Family Band Christmas comes out:)
    Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

  25. Like many others here I’m celebrating a scaled back Christmas and I’m learning that many of the things that I thought were necessary for a happy holiday gathering really aren’t. Hang on to the truly important things and let the rest go. Thank you for your thought-provoking post Marian. Wishing you and your lovely family (two and four-legged) God’s blessings at Christmas and in the New Year. And thank YOU for your many gifts you’re kind enough to share with us. You’ve given me so much joy plus I’ve learned a lot and I’m always inspired. God bless, Marian.

  26. Merry Christmas to the Parson family! I, too, have had to scale way back this year due to some health issues the past several weeks, and I’ve found that the scaled back holiday season has been my happiest in a long time. Yours is my favorite blog. I’ve followed you for nearly 10 years and I look forward to your posts the most. I love how you ‘keep it real’ and post on so many different topics. Continued healing to you and the happiest of Christmases and New Years to you and yours!

  27. How fun to listen to all of your Christmas songs ❣️I recalled them all 😍😍😍😍except the one from 2013 ….. which was just so lovely ❣️THANK YOU & hope you had a BLESSED CHRISTMAS 🎄❣️

  28. I love your blog and that you show us your real self!
    We can’t do it all and must be selective about what we say yes to. My mother tried doing it all and she was miserable and resentful and never enjoyed the holidays. I am careful what I say yes to and it took me a long time to get there. I’m happy to say what I do is done with heart, joy and enthusiasm. I have had health issues these past several years and am finally feeling better. Take it easy and give yourself time to heal. Next year at this time you will feel better. Kids will remember holidays with happy moms and dads and that is what’s important not how clean your house is or how many cookies you baked! We love the real you. God bless you and your family.

  29. Hi Marian. Hope you had a joyous Christmas. We all prep in different ways, but we all arrive at the true meaning on the 25th!

    I hate to bring this up now, and maybe I’m the one dissenting voice, but I really dislike the pop-up ads on your blog. The videos are jarring while your content is beautiful. The latest ad was for Pampers. It just seems like so much visual noise on such a beautiful, understated blog. I’ve found I’m drawn more and more to the few bloggers that remain who do not clutter their blogs with ads.

  30. Thank you for all the ways you have inspired me. When I first found you online my husband and I were moving from the house we’d raised our children in, had lived in for thirty-five years. Even though we knew then and still know that it was the right decision it was one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make. You’ve inspired me as you moved to a new town, new house and made them your own. I’m a long-time collector of quotes and I’ve just added to my collection . . . . “It’s hard to focus on the things that ended up on the no list when there are so many great yeses to enjoy.” Now I’m off to put together my own list of “yesses.”

  31. By doing less this holiday season, I have enjoyed it a lot more. Work cookie swap and potluck was great and I edited decorating to what I could do in 2 days. I tried some new recipes – eggnog cake- and made fewer dishes this year. We are also 1K miles from family and traveling did not work this year since Christmas was in the middle of the work week. We enjoyed each other remotely through tech. Give yourself permission to do less and enjoy more.

  32. Hi Marian! Just watched your past Christmas music videos and they almost made me cry because of the fun, simplicity of them! I am spending time with my 19 and 24 year old daughters and my husband this season, with a few boyfriends mixed in. We are a retired military family, and some years we were far away or too snowed in to make the trip “home.” Honestly, those Christmases of “nos” are among my favorite memories. Looking back I realize that we always had more than we ever needed. Life is a blessed journey!

  33. Marian, wishing you a healthy, wonderful new year. Thank you for all the inspiring and interesting posts. Your blog always enriches my day. You are awesome as well as Jeff and those precious boys. Enjoyed listening to those Christmas songs again.

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