Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (with Nicki Koziarz)

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It’s Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

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11th Annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) December 4-15 at karenehman.com.

My guest is my friend and Proverbs 31 ministry partner Nicki Koziarz. She is an author, speaker, and fixer-upper farm dweller. She is giving us a clever holiday and winter-time decorating idea I think you are going to love. Here’s Nicki…

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Pinterest. The breeding ground of all Christmas comparisons.

From tree decorations, to the perfect wrapping ideas for gift, it’s easy to look at all this perfection on Pinterest and suddenly feel like we don’t measure up in some kind of Christmas way.

But, I want to show you that just because you can’t make a Pinterest picture transfer to real life, you can still create something beautiful.

You can let the Pinterest’s success of others encourage, not discourage you.

Recently, I was searching on Pinterest for ways to decorate my table for Christmas. This was my inspiration picture (from Tuesday Morning).

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) with Nicki Koziarz at karenehman.com. Photo: Tuesday Morning.

I knew I could either look at this picture and become discouraged or I could give this my best shot and see what I COULD do. Here’s three things that helped:

1. Get honest about what you do have.

Comparison loves to convince us to see everything we don’t have. And we begin to write that “if only …” dialogue in our minds. So, I looked at that inspiration picture and realized I had almost NOTHING in it. But, I took a look around my house and realized I didn’t have everything that inspiration picture had, but I had plenty of beautiful things that still fit the vibe the inspiration picture had. So I grabbed this and I grabbed that, and before I knew it, my table was full.

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) with Nicki Koziarz at karenehman.com.

2. See things as enough.

Comparison loves to make us miss what’s right in front of us.

I knew those plain white candles didn’t look as lovely as the ones in the inspirational picture, but I thought about what I could do instead of what I couldn’t. And then it came to me. I went out to my yard, cut a few rosemary stems and tied them around the candle. The simplicity was beautiful to me and I saw it as more than enough. Sometimes we just need to look right in front of us, beauty is there.

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) with Nicki Koziarz at karenehman.com.

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) with Nicki Koziarz at karenehman.com.

3. Perfection is overrated.

Comparison also loves to convince us that if it can’t be perfect, why even try?

Well, if you look closely you’ll see that in the inspirational picture the table runner has no wrinkles. In mine? Well, there’s a few! (smile) And I’m okay with it. Because someone once said, “Finished is better than perfect.” I agree. And hey, I’m sure my guests this Christmas won’t even notice the wrinkles.

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) with Nicki Koziarz at karenehman.com.

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) with Nicki Koziarz at karenehman.com.

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) with Nicki Koziarz at karenehman.com.

What ideas do you have for decorating for the holidays? What are some simple items you put out to make your place festive? Let us know in the comment thread.

Happy decorating,

Nicki

Day 11 Giveaway

To help you keep you filled up with confidence this Christmas season and not let comparison compromise you, Nicki is giving away a copy of her newest book, Why Her?, her Rachel & Leah Bible study book, and a special signed copy of The Fixer Upper Farm Co. Journal! A combined $50 value.

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) with Nicki Koziarz at karenehman.com.

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) with Nicki Koziarz at karenehman.com.

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) with Nicki Koziarz at karenehman.com.

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (with Nicki Koziarz) at karenehman.com.

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Nicki Koziarz is a wife, mom, two-time best selling author and speaker. She and her husband own a farm they affectionately call, “The Fixer Upper Farm”. They are first generation farmers, which is just a fancy way of saying they have no idea what they are really doing. Nicki has been featured on Life Today and contributes to the First 5 writing team at Proverbs 31 Ministries.

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11th Annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) December 4-15 at karenehman.com.

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  • I love looking at Christmas ideas on Pinterest then making the items out of things I already have or make them cheaply this year I made peguins out of toliet paper holders and plastic eggs for my tree