It seems every year around this time, these feelings of denial begin to poke their head. How on God’s green earth can it be 6 weeks ’til Christmas? It honestly feels like every year has gone faster that the one before, and I’m just not quite ready to accept that another year has gone by, or more so that my children are another year older.

But then I also start to feel this giddy feeling of excitement and humble gratitude. Another year spent living a life I am so blessed to live. Another year seeing some fun projects come to life, goals met. Another year of having the privilege of witnessing my children come into their own and develop their individual strengths. Another year of seeing the world through their eyes and growing as a family. Another year of awesome friendship with some really special friends. Another year of being married to my best friend, my life partner, the guy who blows me away every single day with his love and devotion. Another year of learning to let go and surrendering to the mistakes, the hurts, the let downs.

And then I start to think about holiday time with my little family and I realise how badly we all need to slow down and have time to unwind and destress from a busy year. I think about traditions and Christmas and all the wonder and excitement this time of year will bring. And the feelings of denial begin to change into feelings of excitement, anticipation and longing. I want to embrace every moment!

I grew up in a family that wasn’t BIG into all the bells and whistles that come with Christmas (In the over the top commercial way) , and I love my parents for the way they raised me, instilling in me a true and deep understanding of Christ and what Christmas really represented. But when I married Brendon ( and into a family that was BIG on tradition and all the Christmas sentiment) and we had our own children, our little family began celebrating in a more traditional way. We love all the fun and excitement of decorating the tree, building ginger bread houses and wrapping meaningful gifts. I always want my children to know the true meaning of it all, but we enjoy celebrating by doing some of the fun stuff now too.

Obviously going away to our family holiday house over Christmas, means that we don’t get to take our tree with us, meaning putting a big tree up isn’t always ideal. I also find putting up a massive tree covered in tinsel and popcorn, which takes up half our lounge (and which the kids keep destroying) can be a bit…. stressful…. overwhelming… chaotic…for lack of a better word(s). šŸ™‚

So I love that there is a trend for more simple, cleaner, Scandi-style Christmas decor at the moment. And I was STOKED to be sent some rather awesome decor from Dear Me. This range of Christmas decor is fun, tasteful and just RAD in every way! It includes wooden trees on a stand (in both natural wood and green), wooden geometric tree decorations, gorgeous personalised mugs, gnomes and even a cute wooden Nativity scene. For those who are looking for something more meaningful to do as family they also offer an Advent calendar which explore the different ways you can celebrate Christmas.

ā‡‘ R250 per Gnome – How stinking cute are these little guys? We already have ours up on our shelf and the kids adore him. There are not many of these in stock, so if you fancy one, best you order here soon.

They offer two different Christmas trees. The one featured above is R400 and comes with hanging decorations and stand. The Geometric tree below comes in medium and large. The large ones are perfect to hang fairly lights on, keeping Christmas decor clean and simple. The hessian sacks are also great to add a more modern touch… perfect for delicious monsters or succulents.

ā‡‘ R550 for 5 houses and 12 characters. (This is part of the prize!)

And one of the the products I LOVE the most are the “Colour-Yourself” tree decorations! I love it that your kids can colour in their own decorations and add them to your existing collections. It gives them something special to do together and adds to the list of traditions every year.

ā‡‘ R80 for the pack of four.

Today we are giving away an incredible Christmas hamper consisting of :

  1. Ā A Geometrical Wooden Chirstmas tree valued at R350 (Perfect for on top of the table or on a server/sideboard. Add some twinkly fairly lights for extra effect!)
  2. 4 geometric wooden decorations valued at R120! ( These are great to add to your main tree)
  3. A wooden Nativity Scene valued at R550. ( Something the kids can actually PLAY and create different scenes with.)

To enter please follow these steps:

  1. Like and share the post on Facebook
  2. Tag a minimum of one friend in the comments. One tag = one entry.
  3. Make sure you like Dear Me Celebrations on Facebook.

This comp will be running simultaneously over on Instagram so head over there to double your chances! šŸ™‚

Terms and Conditions apply.Ā 

*This competition is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Instagram. winner need to complete all three steps in order to qualify for the prize. The competition will end Friday 15th November and the winner will be elected via random.org. Prize cannot be sold or redeemed for cash.

You can shop the full range of products here.

GOOD LUCK!!! xxxx

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