Melissa Michaels
About the Author

Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. Melissa,
    The sacredness may not be just in the act itself…the cutting of the tree or the baking of the cookies, but in the relationship of those participating. Just like our faith is not like checking off a to do list…no, it’s in the relationship that is forged in the process. Trying, this year, to put more emphasis on the relationship with the people with whom I’m preparing for the King’s arrival. Thanks for a needed reminder…

  2. I am so broken hearted about the season this year, because we won’t get to do the tree hunt as a family. My oldest and her husband moved several states away and my youngest has only limited time away from college. It’s a new season of life and I am so struggling with it.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Brandi, I understand how hard change is for us Moms especially. My two grown children and their spouses (and beautiful granddaughter) live far away in opposite sides of the country. It isn’t possible for us all to be together for Christmas. I give myself permission to be sad and then move on and think of ways to make some special memories anyway. I will send them each some goodies as that is special at our house. I’ve also chosen to babysit for some young moms where I live so they can have time to make a special Christmas for their little ones. I have found that getting involved in giving always helps. Also, remembering that the season is about sharing what God did for us in sending Jesus. That alone is my reason for joy. Hugs to you, Pam

      • Thank you, Pam for your encouragement. I will be looking for opportunities to serve as you have suggested. Thank you! blessings,

  3. There are so many things that distract me this time of year. This year I’m choosing to simplify decorations. I actually decorated early so I wouldn’t feel rushed and crazy once December hit. It’s already taken a load off to have the tree lit and boxes stored away as we embark on December. We are also focussing on those who don’t have rather than on our own wish lists this year. It truly is better to give than to recieve.

  4. Melissa, This is so good! I am loving the many reminders I am getting from (in)courage about remembering what truly matters during the holidays. We need to hold tight to what is sacred, embrace every second, and not get lost in the busyness of the holidays.

  5. True joy comes when we seek and treasure the real gift, the sacredness of what He did for us on that Holy night. What a beautiful thought.

  6. Melissa, it is SO easy to get distracted by the doing, and totally miss the joy of simply being. Being a family together, making memories, laughing together. we usually end up buying our tree in a tree lot, but we always do real. We decorated early this year–this past weekend–and I was amazed at how much our boys looked forward to it!

    As our family heads into a chaotic season, I’m praying and choosing stillness each day. I hope to instill some of that into our boys as well. Rather than getting caught up in all the doing, I hope we can simply be, enjoy our favorite movies and do special things as a family. They are my gift. I’m praying that I can give the gift of an open, seeking heart to the Lord this Christmas season.

  7. Melissa,
    My family had “Bruce the blue spruce” (fake) tree. I loved putting it together and decorating it. Now my hubby and I use a “Charlie Brown” tree. It is nice and just right for the two of us with the Jesse ornaments I received last year. For me this time of year is about slowing down and enjoying time with family! This year I want to be more intentional and realize what this day is all about–not the gifts, etc. but the best gift of all-Jesus born of a virgin!!
    Blessings 🙂

  8. We have a tree tradition in our house to we have our regular tree farm we go to and we choose a tree as a family. Our eldest is 19 and home from college for the summer holidays and I thought maybe since he had moved away from home that maybe he would not be interested in a live tree this year but when I asked the other day if he wanted a live tree this year he said yes. I Love the Tree thing because it is not about the tree it is about us as a family spending time together,doing a family activity together.

  9. As my family grows and things change, I have to remind myself to be grateful for the years we were able to create the memories and celebrate our traditions – even if they became modified or shortened or even impossible as time went by. And, as others have said, perpetuating the tradition is really not even as important as caring about those who shared those seasons with us.

    I’m especially mindful of those for whom the traditions can never be the same, not this year or ever again. It will be their first Christmas “without…” For those, I pray that the memory of their traditions will bring a bit of comfort.

    God bless us all as we navigate through this complicated world, xoxox