I vow every December to find more ways to celebrate the real reason for the season—Jesus! After Thanksgiving, I get out my box of advent accessories and stacks of Christ-centered Christmas books. I set out the many nativity scenes we own, several of which are hands-on for the littlest ones. Then we decorate the tree and the house and maybe get a wreath hung outside the entry. The Christmas songs play in the background and I really think this might be the year when life slows down like a Norman Rockwell picture. Then it’s a blur of activity and gifts and busyness until we’re ringing in the New Year.
“Where did the month go?”
All my hopes for a cozy season that slows down to savor the Savior are dashed. Although we make time for lighting the Advent candles at least half of the month, I find most of the Christmas books are never read aloud to little ears that need to hear the story. And forget about the great craft and baking ideas I have stashed in a file. If I get a batch of cookies in and one simple craft started, I’m doing great. It seems that December gets so full of Christmas activities and parties and shopping, that I guiltily feel relieved when January rolls around. On top of our busy everyday lives, it’s a wonder any of us have time for Christmas at all. . . . .
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