Okay – be honest now – how many of you see December as a month of check-offs? I will confess that I found myself doing that very thing this week.
4H Christmas Party. Check.
Take Sunday School kids to nursing home. Check.
Make sugar cookies. Check.
Ugly Christmas Sweater party. Check.
Decorate Christmas tree. Check.
Our lists are long. Our responsibilities many.
Buy Christmas gifts.
Bake more sugar cookies.
Children’s Christmas program.
Find stocking stuffers.
Write Christmas letter.
Christmas Eve service.
There are special treats to make. Special people to bless. Special memories that we want to create.
But I don’t want my Christmas season to be filled with long hours stressing about an overwhelming list of must-do’s.
It’s time to hit the re-set button on my heart.
To take a deep breath and relax.
To be more Mary and a little less Martha.
To let the music of Christmas soak into my conscious – not just be background noise.
To glory in the incredible love of God – that He would send His only Son as a baby in a manger to redeem me.
After all, Christmas only comes once a year. I don’t want to miss it.
So it’s the day after Thanksgiving.
The official start of the Christmas season.
But I must confess – that we’ve already started. (Oh dear – I just heard some of you gasp in horror!)
Normally we would wait till today to pull out the Christmas music. But to be totally honest – we’ve been listening now for weeks.
Yes, weeks. We caved in early November. I must have heard O Holy Night by at least 4 different artists at least 2 dozen times already. And loved every one.
It’s not just music. We already put together 2 of our Christmas puzzles, drank peppermint hot chocolate, and started Christmas shopping.
When we cave in – we really cave.
And the Christmas movies! Oh my! The girls and I jumped in with both feet. Our favorite evening activity is to curl up in quilts watching a Christmas movie, trying to guess how it ends.
Popcorn and hot chocolate make it even better.
But the wait is over – it’s now officially Christmas season! We don’t have to hide our Christmas spirit anymore!
I can’t wait to start baking!
And making candy!
Anybody want to go caroling?
And may I be the first to say, “Merry Christmas!”