Family Christmas trees and a newly engaged daughter.
This is turning out to be a very satisfying holiday season so far, even though I woke up this morning with the stomach flu 😦
I think because I decided early on when feeling overwhelmed, to make a list of what I like most about Christmas. It ended up surprising me by being quite short. I also noticed that my likes were often the very things that got shuffled off and lost under all kinds of parental busyness.
So the day I realized this year I don’t have any children to schedule my days around, no pageants, concerts, parties, and the very hard work of passing down family traditions by being diligent in including them in our daily holiday life, was the day I made my list, and relaxed. For my list was easy and doable.
Consequently for the first year in forever, I didn’t find myself trying to crawl behind the Christmas tree and hide.
Who would have thought that a Christmas Day stuck puking sick in bed would still be part of one of the best Decembers I have had in a very long time. I have to attribute it to having kept my doings small and my focus on Jesus large. It certainly has put the Merry back in Christmas for me.