For the last 15 years we have hosted some sort of New Years Eve party. This year we took a deep breath and said, "Let's do a Christmas party instead!" Thinking that our friends would have an abundance of things to do, we thought we should over-invite. Right?
Wrong. The day before our party we looked at our list and realized almost everyone was coming. While on a quick run to the store to pick up more food, my 7 year old said, "Mom, how are we going to fit all of those people in our house?" I was kinda thinking the same thing.
But you know what? It was a blast!
36 adults and 40 kids sounds a little crazy, but it was great! So great, that I think we started a new tradition. So what if we didn't have a place for everyone to sit! My home was filled with laughter, friendship, and holiday cheer. Yes, change is good. A little crazy, but GOOD.
Three days before New Years Eve we were starting to wonder if we were going to have to ring in the new year alone, though. For my social butterfly husband, that was going to be very sad. Some long-time friends called us (and saved the day!) and we were able to ring in the new year with them. We didn't really know the other two families that were going to be there, but I found out how fun it is to make new friends. Change is good. Taking a step out of my comfort zone is good.
If you know me at all, this next picture will come as no surprise. I do love a good change of scenery, especially when it involves my mantel. Out with the Christmas, in with the winter.
See, change is good!
My husband was off for a couple of days so we took advantage and had a fun family day.
I overcame my fear of bears as we visited some in the snow (see over my right shoulder). It was beautiful. So was the fence that separated us.
Obviously other members of my family need to work on their fears:
Have you made any changes lately?
*I'm linking up with the winter mantel party over at Stories of A to Z. Come join the fun!