So here we are, Entering the gate of the happiest time of the year. A season set apart by the happiness and joy of the birth of Jesus. A season of Thanksgiving, and it all starts this week. I see us all scurrying to decorate our homes and make everything beautiful, and that is one of the joys of this season. But I would like to take a moment and make sure that not just my house, but my heart and attitude are in order. In the past I have found myself being so caught up in everything being “perfect” and “beautiful” that I have sometimes snapped at my family. Why did they leave that mess there? Why don’t you help me with this? Don’t you know we have guests coming and everything doesn’t look as it should? Feeling, can I say it? a little overwhelmed and overbooked
Yup. I have been that woman.
I am sitting myself down with a nice cup of tea right now and getting my priorities in order.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
It isn’t about the gift or, heaven forbid, the cost of the gift. It’s about time, and love and kindness.
The decorations and crafts are wonderful, but not if they leave me feeling rushed.
It’s about the memories. What memories will my kids have some day? Cranky mom wanting to make everything perfect at the expense of everyone's sanity and peace? Or a mom and wife who always had time for fun and cuddles and long walks in falling snow?
It’s about worship. Remembering the greatest gift any of us could have gotten. The birth of a Savior of our souls.
Right now, before the rush and whirlwind and parties begin, decide what is really important about this season and remember it when things get frantic.
Enjoy a cup of Christmas tea and add a bit of thankfulness and good cheer to sweeten it.
And have a wonderful holiday season :>)
(And don’t forget Handmade Holidays Mr. Linky on Tuesday!)