Tis the Season…

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Each year at about this time I have that one obligatory moment of panic in honor of the impending holiday season. It’s the direct result of pondering everything that has to get done between Thanksgiving and the New Year. No matter how you slice it, the holidays are hectic. Decorations have to go up, parties have to be planned, gifts have to be bought, wrapped and, because some people are just that hard to buy for, returned. There’s pressure to get it all right. To be the best host or hostess. To buy the perfect gift. To get into that little black dress (for her) and that favorite navy and black suit jacket (for me), despite the number of cutout cookies we may have allegedly consumed. But, I’ve made a decision. This year we’re going to cut ourselves a little slack. We’re going to let ourselves off the hook for being perfect and instead focus on being present. Consider this blog to be our communal permission slip to let a few things go this holiday season. It may mean a few halls go un-decked or that the mailman gets the same Starbucks gift card he got last year, but that’s okay because letting go of perfection makes room for intention. So, this holiday season let’s all intend to make time for movie night by the glow of white tree lights, hot chocolate and laughter by the fire and the happy satisfaction of knowing no store line for holiday presents kept you from being present for those you love.  Cheers!

42 Responses to “Tis the Season…”

  1. Marie Hawkins

    I like it. Thanks for the great reminder celebrations should be easy and memorable and in the long run no one will care about the details only the interaction.

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  2. Linda D Burns

    wow your comments made me cry. when the time has slipped by and life is now in the third season the world dosen't realize how being alone and seeing all the material stuff in life means absolutely nothing. it dosen't make you happier for myself I am contented with a phone call. happy christmas nate and I wish you bessings for the new year.

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    • Marsha Beeler Kershaw

      Linda, I don't know you either but if I could, "I would call you on Christmas". Both my kids and their families live out of the country so I know how important those calls are….Wishing you a very Merry Christmas….Bless you!!

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  3. Bianca Seeley

    Well said! You are by far my favorite designer! These ladies are so lucky to work with such talent! And your clients are even luckier to afford the chance to work with you! I often think of you when "trying to decorate a room in my house…love the collectable and personal feeling in a room as opposed to a display window look! You so get it! Happy Holidays! Bianca

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  4. Bianca Seeley

    By the way, just got your new book from One Kings Lane. Can't wait to look at all the amazing rooms you have displayed in pages of your book. It will be sit on my loved monumental vintage lucite coffee table!

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  5. Yale Ferguson

    Just watched you on Dr Oz, so sorry for our loss. I hate that expression, "It makes you stronger." Sounds like you learned a lot and recovered quickly, congratulations, hard to do. Good ideas for the holidays.

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  6. Mitzi's Collectibles

    Great reminder….and this is the first year we'll have Christmas without my dad, who passed away at age 88, so we decided to do a stripped-down version of it anyway. It's time to think about "Things That Matter" like family and friends, not gifts and decorations.

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  7. Kathi Bjerke Wilkerson

    Timely Nate. Thank you. I am a proud parent of two girls that graduated from Hopkins High School too. Proud of you Nate, talented and thoughtful.

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  8. G Edward Bebout

    I don't believe in Astrology, but you do fit the Virgo characteristics. Love the little house and dogs. Thank you for your wisdom and good taste.

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  9. G Edward Bebout

    Is that painting Andrew Wyeth? I'm not a big fan of "tell me how to live" types, but you are an interesting addition. Have a great holiday Nate. You have a lot to be thankful for this year.

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  10. Candy Bliss

    I'm sorry you have so much pressure on your shoulders because of who you are; people need to realize that life is so short, and we only have this one time around to share all the love we can with everyone, so be grateful for that smile, and that hug, and kind words. They are the best present anyone could ever have. Ask someone who has no one. They will tell you this is true. <3 ((())).

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  11. Aimee Tydings Newquist

    I'm so with ya Nate! I let Pepperidge Farms and Little Debbie do my baking this year and I'm not going to feel guilty about it. I'm going to enjoy family and friends instead!

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  12. Jan Liverman

    Thank you for the beautiful comments. Brings us back to what truly matters.

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  13. Kim Kinford

    Couldn’t have said this any better! Nate I hope you and your family including your partner have a Wonderful stress free holiday season! I sure miss not seeing you on tv. Your show was my favorite. I do follow you any time I hear you are going to be on another show that I get in my cable package! May God continue to Bless you and yours.

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  14. Cory Winnichuk

    I lv it. Let ur self off the hook for being perfect and focus on being present. We could all use this.

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  15. Jessica Bogue-Cucchi

    This is refreshing. With all of the recent tragedy across the country it is time we all reevaluate our lives and return to simple values and really enjoy the holidays with family, friends and loved ones.

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  16. Marsha McDaniel Callison

    I'm easy…all I want for Christmas is for Nate to re-do my house : ).

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    • Marsha McDaniel Callison

      was nice to be reminded that
      " it's the thought that counts"….

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  17. Marsha Beeler Kershaw

    Thank you for reminding us it is OKAY to not get all these things done. Merry Christmas, Nate….

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  18. Sandy Lee Foster

    Awwwe Nate you put Roger Davie's picture of my doggies by my cottage up! Happy Holidays, dear one.

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    • Glenn Sorrentino

      That is so cute love the setting what part of So. New Hampshire do you guy's live near? Lovely pups too…

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  19. Marcia Coffman Hicks

    My husband and daughter and I were just talking about this exact same subject the other night at dinner! We just want to be present in each others lives and the "presents" don't really matter anymore. The expectations have become too overwhelming and stressful so we are just going to "be" with each other this Christmas…Have a Merry Nate. Thanks for the post.

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  20. Trash Find Redesigned

    How nice to wake and read your thoughts above. I feel that people are a bit more gracious this year and hopefully understanding that it really is all about just being "present". I was able to do something nice for someone anonymously this year and that was all I wanted for my "present". Enjoy time together everyone, it's so precious.

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  21. Diana Mari Caldwell

    I'm so taken with this. I have no profound words, I only know, this hit me, and I have obsessed over it since I first saw it. I haven't read all here, but would like to know who built this and why and the history? I am entirely entralled. And I love you Nate, you are a sweetheart, you are, so, so darned cute & talented. You are so loved.

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  22. Viviana Pinto

    I am from Argentina, and, excuseme, but I was study english only one year, when I was 12 years old, and now I am 55. But I would like say you, that this house is very very very BEATIFULL!! I like it so much. It's LOVELY!!!!

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