Our short, cute little tree is aglow with lights and our favorite decade-old ornaments… We let the kids totally decorate it themselves. The mismatched stockings are strung along the banister, growing fatter with Christmas letters as the day approaches. (Two of the kids reminded me again that they still don’t have their names on their stockings. Oops.)
Our Christmasy weather has come and gone and it feels like muggy Texas spring outside as I lean over the cluttered kitchen counter, trying to decide which fudge recipe I’m going to make.
The extra greenery we collected when we picked out our tree still sits in a garbage bag in the laundry room, competing with the growing mound of dirty clothes. I was going to use all that greenery to make a pretty wreath for the door. Oh well. Now the only festive thing to greet our weary mail carrier is the sun-bleached, water-logged “Happy Birthday” garland we’ve left hanging outside since Jessa’s party the first of October.
We let our Advent candles burn late the other night, so most of them are a melted mess and I forgot to buy extras… And the freezer section was out of cinnamon rolls, which is our traditional Christmas morning breakfast… so add that to the recipes I’ll contemplate before finally deciding on the canned variety.
It’s all so wonderful!
I have been so blessed to be able to (mostly) let go of the Greeting-Card image of this season and embrace life. Our life. The mess and full schedule and dried up tree needles on the floor (since I keep forgetting to water the tree), and the staying up late and the crazy antics of kids who’ve had too much sugar – they’re all just signs that we’re alive!
But wait, there’s more!
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Col. 1:13-14)
And you who were dead in your trespasses… God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us… cancelling the record of debt that stood against us. (Col. 2:13-14)
If you are overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) this Christmas… If you’re tired or anxious… If you’re burdened with a to-do list or a social calendar, or disappointed about everything this season is not – there is good news for you. You’re alive. And if you belong to Christ, you have an eternal hope that can be the lens through which you see all the imperfectness of this life on earth.
That is truly wonderful.
Merry Christmas, from our family to yours.