Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cleaning my house heart for Christmas

Let me be very clear. I love Christmas. I am not a Scrooge. Sure, I pester Ron Burgundy about the enormous excess of lights and decorations while he feverishly competes with the disordered electrical chaos of Clark Griswold every year, but I also know that's one of the pleasures he finds in the Season, and that it really isn't about "the lights" so much. He considers it a gift to the many who drive by with ooohhs and aahhhhs. (But please, this year, can we put the manger with Sweet Baby Jesus next to Mary and Joseph rather than among the reindeer???)

I really do love Christmas.

And the peace that's supposed to come with it.

But...

I stress over some of the baggage the holiday season brings, and I don't like the fact that the passion of the celebration has moved from the manger to the mall with multiple stops in between. Black Friday. Massive gift lists. Overeating. Time constraints. Getting the house ready (as in the yearly cleaning). It just takes away from the passion of how I intend to celebrate the birth of my Savior better this year.

I'm getting some perspective.... old habits die hard.


Tea today: Green with Chinese flower

2 comments:

Elaine said...

Oh so true, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I was just telling my husband that the kids really do not need anything at all. I could probably clean the toy bins bring some of the old up, and they would see it as new. What a lesson for all of us that would be...

Beth E. said...

Yes!!! Girlfriend, this gets a standing ovation from me! Amen, amen, amen. I'm sharing this video with my friends! Thank you for a powerful reminder.

We are totally scaling back this year. I'm giving people baked goods whenever possible. Trying to help more people in need in our community. We are so blessed...

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