You really could just think of me as a young, modern version of the jolly Mrs. Kringle, herself...you're not buying that, right?
A few years ago, I got fed up. I morphed into one of those crazy ladies who began holiday prepping in September when things went on sale. I stocked up on wrapping paper and gift bags in January following Christmas mark downs. I made lists, called family earlier rather than later, and scheduled visits.
What happened was magic...I was given the gift of an expectation free December.
I refuse to go back to the way things used to be.
Any given Christmas, I am 100% sure that these things were happening:
- The laundry needed folding.
- We had someplace to be (5 minutes ago).
- The clean dishes had yet to make their way to the shelves.
- The fridge was crammed with poorly-wrapped leftovers.
- Somebody couldn't find the remote.
- A car was parked in.
- The TV was blaring.
- Our bed wasn't made.
- The back door was left open and cold air was leaking in.
- The dog was loose in the neighborhood...again.
Or the times we chased this guy around the house for absolutely no good reason other than to celebrate imagination...
Or the homemade cookies in front of the cheesy Hallmark movie...
Or the unrushed "tucking in" at night...
Or the sharing of well known family stories that never get old...well, most of the time...
Every, single year that passes, I am learning. I'm learning the pace of joyful preparation. I am learning to let go. I'm learning to have fun! I am learning to allow Christmas, Himself, to show me what it is to "become like the little children".
Now I have glitter in my hair and flour on my shirt, but I have been given the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus as He teaches me the art of relationship. Of priority. Of sitting contentedly in a moment that will last just a blink, but will be remembered for a lifetime.
I'm kissing expectation goodbye!
What are some of your very favorite memories or traditions?
And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 18:3)
Jesus said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. Only a few things are important, even just one. Mary has chosen the good thing. It (God's wisdom) will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)