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We’ll pause just a moment in the midst of our Christmas Brunch to offer a little bit of holiday encouragement. Can I get anyone a cup of hot cocoa while we visit?
Silent night…Holy night…All is calm…wait, really? Where? When? All I’ve witnessed lately is loud evenings that are anything but calm. There are holiday parties to attend, Christmas programs to prepare for, presents to buy, presents to wrap, presents to send, goodies to bake, cookies to decorate, and somewhere in there I’m also supposed to keep up with my laundry.
There are Christmas songs playing all around us everywhere we go. I’m pretty sure they’re supposed to be offering us tidings of comfort and joy, but sometimes I believe that the joy gets lost somewhere in between trying to figure out what to buy for Great Uncle Gilbert and looking frantically for my son’s left black dress shoe for his music recital. Incidentally, Uncle Gilbert already has everything he needs plus everything he doesn’t need, including Big Mouth Billy Bass the Motion Activated Singing Sensation. And by the way, why must I always have to be the one to draw Uncle Gilbert’s name in our family gift exchange?
My husband had a sad little chuckle one day as he stood in a long line waiting to return an item at the store. Many of the other shoppers in line looked weary and haggard, some of them were grumbling about the length of the line and the time it was taking to be helped and in general, no one seemed happy. The music heard through the speakers was what caused my husband to pause as, “It’s the most…wonderful time…of the year!” was being sung out cheerfully in the background. Wow, if this is what we tend to look like during the “most wonderful time of the year” I’d hate to see us all during the most terrible time of the year (which is what, say…flu season?).
I’m not sure it matters how much we plan ahead and try to stay organized during the holidays. This is just a busy time and there’s not much any of us can do about it.
This is the part of the article where I’m supposed to smile and kindly say, “So let’s all just take a moment to meditate on the birth of our Savior and the reason we celebrate Christmas.” I’m not going to say that though. If I did, I’d be afraid you’d give me a justifiable bonk on the head with a roll of wrapping paper. Don’t tell me to remember the reason for the season! I’m TRYING to remember…I just can’t find the black dress shoe! WHERE is the black dress shoe?!
While we all look for the perfect gifts (and the long lost black dress shoe), I pray that we also find those tidings of comfort and joy that have been offered. I hear they’re great this time of year.
P.S. I don’t really have a Great Uncle Gilbert but if I did, I would never complain about having to buy him a gift. I think.
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Astrid Johnson says
I am sincerely grateful for my family, as dysfunctional and funny as they are. This year there is one less person to hug, but they are in Heaven. They cannot be replaced but they can be remembered. I am thankful for the blessings that are priceless: seeing your son’s face light up because you got him “the gift” he asked for, being able to still hug your parents another year, seeing your usually frown-y neighbor smile at you and wish you a Merry Christmas. As hectic as the season seems, take a moment to breathe and stand back while you take in your loved ones laughter, voices, smells, and realize that these are moments to be cherished. “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men”
Tonight, honestly, I’m grateful the day is almost over and I’m grateful for internet friends who understand a little of what I go through each day. And I’m also grateful you posted this one. I needed a reminder to step back and look for the comfort and joy in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of day to day life mixed in with the holiday fun.
I think your husband’s ability to laugh at the irony he saw in the return line is key to maintaining sanity at this time of year. Thanks for the reminder to step back and try to get a little perspective.
I, too, have struggled somewhat this Christmas season. In the midst of the wonderful (yet very hectic) activities with family and friends, I pray my heart and mind will turn towards the One who came to save the world. I am so very grateful for my Savior.
Thanks for the reminder. We have an extra full plate this year as my son has surgery tomorrow. It’s a good reminder that this is a time where I can step back and enjoy the moments of giving him some special attention while receiving some extra help from family and friends too. AND THANK YOU for not just spouting off typical cliches!
Wow. Not sure where to start. I am so thankful for a merciful and loving God. I’m thankful for the amazing family that I didn’t think I was going to get to have. My husband, my friends, I could go on and on. In the midst of financial difficulties, I think I’ve become even more thankful for the things in life that really matter.
I will be bloging about Gratituesday but unfortunatly I do not “get” the mclinky yet. I’m getting there slowly. :) I am also still hoping to win something from your store. The e-books look really good.
im thankful for a nother birthday we take the for granet but i have to wait about 30 mins goodnight
It’s hard not to get caught up in the craziness! A friend and I were just discussing why we bake all these goodies once a year and make ourselves nuts. We decided to spread out the joy all year long in 2011 – including the baking!
I’m thankful for the lessons God is teaching us through not being able to give much of anything this year. It makes you focus on what is important to give. Our love, our time, our words.
Great reminder of the true reason of Christmas. I am looking forward to our first year with a child and though she really won’t understand yet, teaching her about the birth of our Savior.
You have made me remember the real reason we do all this crazy stuff at this time of year. Thank You. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.
Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree says
I’m with ya… I read something about a tradition to reserve the 21 days between the 17th of December and Epiphany to have time to enjoy the season. No parties etc. I’m thinking I may have to do that next year….
Christmas has never really been my favorite time of year, perhaps because of the craziness and commercialism. I am thankful that there is a Christmas, however, because without it, there couldn’t be an Easter!
I am thankful that I have my family, the ones who could care less about the gifts they get and care more about spending time and making memories with family and friends. Most people have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas, their meaning of Christmas is defined by the presents they give and to me that is sad.
Donna W says
Thanks Laura for the reminder. I am getting older & my new motto has become “simplify” & enjoy the life God has given me.
Thank you for still offering Gratitude Tuesday. I did link up but do not see a button to attach to my blog.
I feel blessed to have no official Christmas activities planned this week except for those our family is planning to do together. The weeks between Thanksgiving and this past Sunday were filled with many obligations and my children and I were so thankful to spend all day yesterday at home just enjoying ourselves and the season!
This put a smile on my face. Thanks so much, Laura :)
I am thankful that my husband gets to have time off from work tomorrow and the rest of the week so that we can spend time together. I am thankful that the girls and I completed our shopping for this week and that God provided the groceries again this week. I am looking forward to these next few days where we can relax together as a family and hopefully make the reason for the season more apparent in our lives so that our girls understand.
Kelly Perry says
Joanna S. says
I am even more thankful for my husband this Christmas season b/c unfortunately we’ve spent most of it being sick. :P The first two weeks of December we all had a TERRIBLE version of the stomach flu. YUCK! The night I started to come down with it he went into “Mr. Mom” mode. For the next couple days there wasn’t a single thing I wanted for (except to be healthy). He not only took care of me but kept the house together and running and CLEAN. And on top of that got our homeschooling in with the kids (depending on who was healthy at the time). And was rewarded by contracting the same flu. But I got to return the love and take care of him. What I love best is that as surprised as others are, no one who knows him is surprised by this. This kind of caring for his family is JUST the kind of man he’s allowed God to make him into. So I am EXTREMELY grateful for him this Christmas season!
angela rose says
Thanks for th reminder to stop and enjoy the season, not matter how hectic it gets. This year I have learned to let go of my perfectionism. It is more important for me to stop and enjoy the season with my three young children than to have a perfectly clean or decorated house (or the perfect gift).
Pam F. says
I’ve made a real effort to step back this year and enjoy the holiday season with my little ones. I do feel twinges of guilt when I feel like I’m not measuring up to everyone else and putting on a good “show”. Posts like this one remind me that I’m doing the right thing after all.
I felt the same way as your husband did when I stood in line at ToysRUs Saturday. Everyone looked like they wanted to be anywhere else but there. After I paid and told the cashier Merry Christmas she looked at me like I was crazy.
I think the “tidings of Comfort and Joy” this time of year come from our friends and family. They are the ones who remind us, and we remind them, of why we celebrate. Why we go crazy waiting in lines. Why we search and search for the missing belt or shoe. We find comfort in the forgiveness of our Heavenly Father and we find joy in sharing His love. Even in the midst of the silliness.
By the way, I’m thankful for Yogi “Get Regular” Tea! This time of year my diet seriously lacks in vegetables and good-for-you foods. This tea helps me a lot!
Merry Christmas to you all.
Thanks for having this hop. I loved your article. I’ve had moments like that myself this season. I can’t believe Christmas is only a few days away. I sent my last package out yesterday so I guess I’m as ready as I’m going to be.
Can I just *sigh* and have that count as my comment? lol!
Tracy Tysinger says
I am thankful that with the exception of one daughter we will all be home for Christmas and that our family has grown this year with new Daughter in laws and a precious 4 months today Grandson. I am also Thankful that my hubby’s seat will be filled with him this year, I will still remember those we spent without him, and those spots that will be empty at people’s tables this year where a HERO should be sitting but instead they are defending our country so that we can celebrate with our families.
Thanks for a great reminder to slow down and enjoy the season. We have been most busy with church activities including the children’s choir and children’s music program, so we are at least reminded during the busyness of the reason for the season!
I’m thankful for my family, and the fact that we are taking things very easy this Advent season. We’ve done some treat preparations, but that’s about it. The most challenging part will be getting to church early enough on Christmas Eve to get a seat.
Emily Kay says
I always enjoy your gratituesday posts. So encouraging! I am grateful for a few quiet moments this morning to drink a cup of coffee and decompress a little:)
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Thanks for this encouraging post! My recipe for avoiding holiday stress is to shop online. Then, I don’t have to run into all those grumpies in the return line. :)
A few weeks ago, we took the 5th and 6th graders from our church to ring the Salvation Army Bells and collect for them. We were stationed in front of a local grocery store. We sang songs, a few played their musical instruments but mostly we just tried to greet every person with a “Merry Christmas!”. There were so many scouls and grumbles. I pray those people find the Joy this Christmas!
I am thankful that my house has actually stayed pretty calm this year. I ordered most of our gifts online, instead of battling the mobs. My little fiesty 6 yo’s are becoming mama’s big helpers, so that makes a huge difference! We have also stayed healthy so far, Praise the Lord!!
I am thankful for the 2 boys we have (that the doctors weren’t sure would ever happen for us). I am thankful for my husband; if I could have designed the perfect one, he wouldn’t be have the man my husband is. I am thankful that I can stay home with my children (and even be their teacher!). I am thankful that we are all relatively healthy. I am thankful both of our parents are still alive, and that our children can know their grandparents. Wow! Soooooo many things for which to be thankful!
If ever I need to stop and remember to be thankful, it’s this week! Thanks for the reminder!
Thank’s for this post! I, too, looked around at the store the other day after being almost run over by someone’s cart. I noticed a lot of unhappy people during this “most wonderful time of the year”. Amidst all the cursing and grumbling from other shoppers, we were reminded that Christ dwelling within us gives us the greatest gift! And we have happy hearts all year long, not just at Christmas!
Great post! Sometimes we all need a little bit of a reminder!
Katie M. says
Totally with you! Thanks for this!
Your Christmas Brunch this week is helping me take a step back and enjoy a quiet moment at the computer in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Thank you!
This year I am also thankful for my husband, his job, our children! Their health, the health of the daughter I carry within me. The kids and I read “the christmas story” last night and while we don’t believe that dec 25th was Jesus’ actual birthday, it was a beautiful reminder of why we celebrate.
I think having a GREATER reason for the Christmas season keeps everything in perspective. This year my husband and I focused on gifts of use or meaning for our closest friends and family. We didn’t want to feel we HAD to buy or make gifts for everyone but that we GET to because we are CELEBRATING. My son is two years old this year and learning more about Christmas. We want it to be about the baby Jesus and WHY he came not just that he came. I was at a department store finishing up last minute stocking gifts and I was so happy just to be able to go to a store by myself. I too saw the looks of disgust, impatience and rudeness as a meandered down the isles. But, I was able to take a deep breath…think of why I was at the store and put a smile on my face and let someone go in front of me in line. So, I am thankful for my family and the blessing of children to be able to teach them about our Savior and his need to come into our world to save us.
I am so thankful for time with family this year! As my children (24 and 21) get older, I realize the time with them is dwindling. Soon they will have families of their own, and our Christmas time together will look and feel different. I am so thankful we are in close proximity still and still able to share several days together just laughing and being around each other.
Amber Rogers says
My friend’s husband died this week, leaving her with 5 little ones at home. I can honestly say I am even enjoying the ultra business because I have someone to be ultra busy for. He’s not gone. We are still in this family adventure together. The business is totally our choice. Praise be to the Lord for the gift of loved ones to be busy for!!!!!
I’m grateful for my family; husband and children. They make the world go round for me. I love them.
I am grateful for a healthy pregnancy so far. And for my husband and 3 boys, and our little soul in heaven.
The only thing left to do is wrap a couple of presents. All IS CALM! WOOOHOOOO! =0)Thankful to enjoy this season.
I am incredibly thankful for my hubby!
Hot Cocoa sounds good I am a little chilly. I refuse this year and every year to let Christmas time become a chore instead of a blessed time. Don’t get me wrong, I am busy. But, not because I have more to do than any other time of the year, I am always busy. Christmas is a time to spend with our families that we may only see once a year. It is a time to bless those that don’t have as much and to treat our loved ones with something we won’t buy on a regular basis. I hear people complain that the stores our crazy, but I always look at it as an opportunity to smile to those that don’t. Sunday I was procrastinating going to Wal-Mart to get a few things because I was hearing horror stories about how everyone is so mean during the Christmas season. I prayed and had a great experience, saw a church friend and talked a little, I didn’t even have to wait in line because a checker called me over (I always have to wait in line on Sunday afternoon). So I just try and remember Christmas will be what I put or don’t put into it. Have a Merry Christmas.
I’ll take that hot chocolate, thanks. Make mine a Mexican. :)
Sarah DJ says
I’m thankful for the delights of the season – as buried as they may be in busyness, enjoying the busyness is a task within itself. ;-) Sharing love with family through giving is my favorite part, and I’m so thankful for my family!
I’m so enjoying this recently-discovered website/blog. It is a wonderful combination of healthy recipes and family. You’re busy with the same things I am, and reading what you have to say encourages me. I also appreciate your sense of humor.
Yes…such a busy time, but I am so thankful to have a wonderful family to be busy with! It may be hectic and overwhelming at times but when it’s all said and done I feel so blessed to be a part of it.
Our children are a wonderful blessing – thankful for who they are growing up to be in Him :)
It is so hard to remember this is a joyful season. I am trying to keep J(Jesus)O(others)S(self)
in that order in my mind. It is amazing how that helps!
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Feeling the same way. I think it is all in our Focus (Jesus). Merry Christmas!
The blessings are mixed when you don’t have family around to share the season with. It does keep some of the gift giving, party hopping, and some of the madness down, but it also means being away from the ones you care about and love too. Trust everyone finds a few ways to be blessed and to bless this Christmas.
I’m grateful that I get my holiday shopping done early. Yes, I was done just before Thanksgiving. Therefore, it allows me time to do the laundry and sit and listen to my boys sing Christmas songs when they think no one is listening.
Yes, remembering to be thankful sure can calm the chaos in our lives!!
Philippians 4 is a good place to go. 4:6,7 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
If you did get Uncle Gilbert, I would suggest making him candied nuts (who doesn’t like those) and getting him some great spices from Penzey’s (like for the grill or jerky or something).
Amen! I am feeling the same way despite my best intentions every year to slow down and enjoy the moment – it just never seems to work out that way. I am just grateful that today for the first time since I can’t remember, I do not have somewhere to go! I still have plenty of somethings to get done around here, but thankful I do not have to leave the house! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Holly in Virginia says
I am grateful for several of my husband’s co-workers who have selflessly volunteered work more days during Christmas break so that those men with families can spend time with them on Christmas and the days surrounding it. Thanks to the sacrifices of a few, my husband will be off from the 23rd through the 27th!
Sara A in SC says
Kim – Nice – J- O Y – there is a song like that somewhere that is sung to Jingle Bells tune…
I am so very thankful for my family and new baby son. He is the light of our lives. We are very blessed today and always.
The older I get the simpler our celebration of Christmas becomes. I’ve learned to tone down the gifts and it all becomes much simpler and easier to celebrate. We make a bigger deal of the kid’s birthdays, regarding gifts. It has become a much more peaceful way of celebrating Christmas.
Nancy Michel says
I live in NY State and there is a honey supplier who produces dried honey powder. It is like powdered sugar in texture but is all natural and I believe organic as well. Reasonable prices, I’m not sure if he ships his products, but they are delicious and the honey powder can be used on buttered toast, waffles, to ice cream!!
Kristen B. says
I agree with Kris, we have toned down gifts on Christmas for the kids and it has instead become more of a time to get together with family and celebrate the reason for the season :)
Lesley Wert says
There is much to be thankful this year, just like every year! Thanks to you as well for your blogging. I look forward to your posts :)
Beth @ Living Simply says
Being on a VERY limited budget has been a blessing in disguise this year — we’ve had to be very intentional about who and what we are buying for gifts. It makes the process sooo much easier! And what a great time of year to be constantly reminded that we need to trust God for His daily provision — and He always provides all we need!
We have definitely toned down each year starting 5 years ago. It’s really pretty calm now. It started with applying WWJD – What Would Jesus Do? to all of our activities. We came to the conclusion that He would NOT be doing all of the madness that we included in Christmas! So, little by little, we have lessened the madness. It’s really been worth the effort! After all, He came into this world in simplicity, and that is what I am really grateful for! :o)
so true! Every year I say I’m going to slow down and not do so much, and yet every year….well, you know. This year we’ve had quite a few blizzards, making us completely homebound for days at a time. I’ve NEVER been so grateful for blizzards before! They have forced us all to stay home and enjoy the quiet times together as a family. I have a newfound love for stormy blizzards! ;-)
Cassie Jowers says
so well written, thanks!
Michelle B says
I really enjoyed this article. Reading things like this reminds me that just because my to-do list is getting longer by the minute doesn’t mean I need to get to all of it or stress out because it doesn’t get done. Thank you for the perspective today on a day that I really need it.
I sure needed this…today has been a bit stressful. Actually it started yesterday afternoon and I really AM trying to stay in the spirit of the season, but also planning for a 10 day road trip with a two year old and a baby and still do all the ‘in town’ stuff before we go…..yikes.
I’m with you on trying to find the time to keep up with the laundry amidst all the craziness! But…I am very thankful to have a new washer/dryer set that we purchased last year around this time! The old dryer decided to quit on me a few days before Christmas… So Merry Christmas to me! :)
I’m grateful I had an opportunity to visit with my parents, sister and family, and brother for a few days recently. Now I’m back home and busy, but the Lord used a Christmas card to get my focus in the right place again. The picture on the front of the card was of Mary, Joseph and Jesus (very soft and sweet) and inside said something like, “God’s infinite love–there is no greater gift.” And as Linus said, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown!” =) May God bless you all with a very merry Christmas.
I hear ya sister!
Courtney Wagner says
I am grateful for Christmas vacation and a much needed break from homeschooling. But, always most grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ!
While I am mourning the loss of my grandfather today, I am grateful that I have family to comfort each other, my parents, my husband, my children. He has joined Christ for Christmas and that is special.
Well, it don’t have to really be all that bad, but it does tend to be. It really comes down to priorities and where your heart truly is at during this time. “Where your money is so is your heart” so make sure that during this time (and all throughout the year) we should try to make this a Christmas On Another Level (COAL).
I am so blessed — sometimes I forget that. Thank you for helping me slow down for a moment to remember how blessed I am.
Yikes! It’s December 21st and I haven’t wrapped a single gift yet! Got to get wrapping!
aahhh…pride goeth before a fall…i read your post this morning and a little smugly thought”at least i’m not suffering from that yet” it’s the end of the same day and i’m desperately listening to my favorite christmas music trying to re-focus on what matters and not go crazy thinking about all the stuff i need to get done before bed.
but it’s gratituesday…i’m thankful for the “santa claus” minded people from church that were kind enough to buy a gift for each of my 5 children and have the children’s director dropp them off. i’m humbled by their thoughtfulness & generosity.
It has been a stressful few days. It is time for me to slow down and not worry about what needed to get done and didn’t. I need to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas!
Erin S says
It is so good to be reminded how blessed we are. For the last couple of years I have been sending gifts to families in need through mothering.com. It feels so much better than to see a pile of presents under my own tree.
I’m grateful that my husband has a job!
I’m a little late today (well…it’s night now), but I wanted to still post my list! I hope you have a great holiday week, Laura! Merry Christmas to you and your family :)
Amanda Y. says
I’m grateful for the warm house (well, compared to outside), roof over our heads, and income we have! I am trying to make this holiday a bit more focused on giving to those less fortunate and not just my family.
I’ll take that hot chocolate please! I’m thankful for a healthy family, warm beds, and just life in general right now.
Today I am thankful for my daughters preschool teachers who helped with their Christmas program and for the joy and excitement for performing.
I am thakful for family. The last week we have celebrated early with family! God is good!
Sarah Falk says
I’m thankful for our wonderful birthday party for Jesus today! So sweet to hear a 5 year old tell us about what Jesus wants most! More on my blog. =)
Amy Harris says
I am so thankful for being so blessed!!
As I was out doing my errands today, I had on the Bott network radio. The part in particular that hit home was how Mary and Joseph came to go to Bethlehem. After I parked, I sat in my car and listened for a few minutes. What a trip that had to be for her! What a place for Jesus to first be laid! I realized how I never tire of listening to the story of my Savior’s birth. I also realized that I want next year to be very different for me! Thank you for this wonderful brunch!
Yes, thank you a mug of hot chocolate would be greatly enjoyed!
I am grateful for being a child of God, my family, my home, the ability to homeschool my children. My list goes on and on. Also thankful for my husband who goes to work everyday for us.
I’ve heard hot chocolate is great with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper mixed in.
Love this brunch–what a great idea!!! :)
You are sooo funny – love it!
I am very thankful to God for sending his Son to die for us! Without him we wouldn’t have Christmas.
Thankful for a hard-working husband so I can be at home with our kids.
I am thankful for extra “family time” over the holidays!
I am thankful for God’s patience with me. And for breakfast casserole :)
I am thankful for the realization that everything going on during the Christmas season is just ‘stuff’ and that our LORD and the people around us are what is really important.
So very thankful for a wonderful family that realizes what the true meaning of Christmas really is…even my 3 year old is ready to celebrate Jesus’ Birthday with a birthday cake, and giving gifts to others!
Always a good reminder. Thank you.
I am thankful that my hardworking husband has this week off to spend time with us!
I’m thankful for the miracle God gave us in our second child. He was born with several BIG heart tumors, an enlarged fluid-filled kidney, and tumors in his brain. We have the MRIs and ultrasounds to prove all of this. However, God in all His grace and mercy has touched our son and removed all symptoms from him. If it weren’t for the pictures of his insides, we would have no other reason to think he was anything but a normal baby. GOD IS SOOOO GOOD!!! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!!
Thankful for my family and friends!
Mary V says
I have so much to be thankful for – too numerous to list here. Praise God for all of the wonderful things that He has done for all of us. Blessings and Merry Christmas!
Jacqueline H. says
I am thankful for my husband and daughter.
Kori Ireland says
Wonderful reminder, thank you!
Kori Ireland says
Forgot to say – I am most thankful right now that we can be down at my
mother’s house (even though it’s 80 degrees here…) and my kids can
spend Christms with my mother and Memaw and pawpaw, since they won’t
have many years left with Memaw and Pawpaw – what a blessing to enjoy
the time we do have!
Amanda Desnoyers says
We had our 4th child right before Thanksgiving, and she has been such a wonderful reminder this season for me to slow down and be thankful for my family and for my sweet newborn daughter.
I am thankful for our family also. We just found out that my husband’s Grandma June has gone to heaven. It’s hard to believe that she’s gone – she was 86 years old.
Such a true post! We’ve been blessed with four wonderful children, but in the past three years God’s taken three more home before we’ve gotten to meet them – all near holidays – Christmas, Easter, birthday – so they are sweet times to remember that we serve a Good God even though we may never know why and still grieve. We just found out the morning of your post though that God has allowed me to begin carrying another little one – praying God’s will this time as with all the others – and the grace to accept His decisions!
I’m thankful for my family as well and try to focus on the joy of being together and not just on all the busyness of the season!
I am thankful for all I have learned this year and the journey of eating real nourishing food and the resources of blogs like yours to make the journey easier and more fun.
Thanks for all your thoughts!
Thank you, Lord, for “too much to do” during the holidays. Because that means I have friends and family to do for.
We have very few gifts under the tree this year- but we have not in the slightest been upset by that. Without boxes galore underneath, I tend look more at the ornaments- the angels, the stars- and am reminded of the first Christmas night. We watch our nativity flag wave in the wind, and chuckle as our 2 year old makes Mary and Joseph and the onlookers in our manger set take “naps”. It IS hard to escape the holiday craziness, but those moments when we remember the magnitude of the gift of precious baby Jesus makes the Christmas season such a sweet time for family. I kind of like our family being job-less… so much easier to focus on Christ!
I’m with Tami! Our gifts are few and meaningful. We’re thankful to have the time together and are looking forward to making memories.
Ahhhhh….the “Most wonderful time of the year”!
Rosalind Watkins says
Thank you for your post! A good laugh was a treat in the midst of the stress. Thanking God for your gift of humor!
I’m thankful for my husband and sons… and being able to spend some extra time together as a family this weekend! We have gifts, but mostly I’m looking forward to experiencing Christmas through the eyes of my two-year-old and spending time with friends :).
Though it’s hectic in this season of life I relish it; in fact I rue the day that it will all be calm and quiet :).
We try to keep traditions that help us stay focused on the Advent of Advent. I may not do them *well* but we sure try! Okay, so our Jesse Tree was put up 3 weeks late, etc, but we try to stay focused.
Dawnette Thomas says
I am thankful for time – I have time right now to make a difference in the lives of my children, friends and community.
Have a Merry Christmas and happy new year. Thank you for your blog and all that you share with us. God bless!