As we fast approach the night of ‘lil sleep (please tell me where the “long winters nap” people are, cause they aren’t here), are you ready? Are you in the Christmas Spirit?
For me, I think it’s going to take a good round of “Silent Night” with faces lit by candles. It gets me every time. Truth be told, this is the first year in a long time (and definitely the first since being a mom) that it’s just been hard for me to get into the spirit. With no idea why, I look forward to church tonight and presents opening tomorrow, both of which should put me right back in the mood.
On Saturday, Greg and I went on a date after I made cookies (two kinds, that’s it, and they included a “these would not make the Christmas Cookie List” cookie, Chocolate Bacon). Those things helped. Having an elf help with wrapping helped a lot, too. (I really cannot wrap gifts—I wrapped one last night and cried the whole time because I am so bad at it.) The magic is definitely fast approaching, but I am just not quite there…yet.
Perhaps it is that traditions are changing. Many people (myself included) have gifts under the tree already…and some have even begun to open! Perhaps it is that I live in a world of get what I want when I want it and then there is “nothing to look forward to”. Perhaps it is that I know there are lots of kids and families out there who won’t have a beautiful Christmas.
Whatever it is, today is the day to get it together, to enjoy the moments before me and begin to enjoy the wonder of this coming day. I must remember the reason we celebrate. It’s not the gifts, the food, the songs. It’s the people brought together by a loving God to celebrate a miraculous birth. For those things, I give thanks and am ready to celebrate.
‘lil Man at Candlelight service and his 2 year Baptism anniversary