So, has the stress of Christmas preparation caused you to boil over? Have you run out of steam? Are you chugging uphill and fear that you cannot make it?
Well, take a deep breath – go on, I will wait.
Another one…. nice and slow.
Let the calm wash over you.
Let go of that niggling anxiety. Yes, just let it go….
It will be okay – trust me!
In all past Christmas’ I have been at a fevered pace in the final days winding up to Christmas day. Much of the activity was brought on by the determination that I would make Christmas perfect for those around me if I was a raving lunatic. With the frantic meal preparations, wrapping an obscene amount of presents, demanding perfection from the house, the children, and the weather – there better be snow! And, what do I have to show for all that – not much but a few additional grey hairs on my head!
What I was missing in all the Christmas preparations was the real meaning of Christmas.
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is giv’n.
Every year on our Christmas tree, nestled deep in the branches and next to trunk of the tree, we place this little wooden nativity. You have to look for it, it is sort of hidden away. I find this little nativity so beautiful, maybe even more so since I have become a knitter. The little sheep next to the manger is so appropriate. After all, shephard’s were the very first visitors!
I believe that we need to look for the meaning of Christmas – it can get lost in all the “commercialism” of the holiday.
And, if we look – it is there quietly waiting for us, eager to welcome us.
So, my Christmas wish for all of you is that you would slow down in these last remaining days of Advent.
Savor the blessings that surround all of you.
May the peace of Christmas fill your hearts with joy.
Have a great Sunday everyone!