A couple of years the frenzy of Christmas was getting to be too much. I had three kids in preschool, a still relatively new job, and an ever busy calendar of travel and speaking. So I introduced a little weekly Christmas series to refocus me, and maybe you to if you were struggling with the same, called Meaning in the Mayhem.
I’m finding the need to do it again this season. You’ve all walked with our family some, even though I’ve not shared as much as usual, through the harder than average year we’ve had. I am so incredibly grateful for this Christmas season, because I do love Christmas. But I’ll be honest that I’m ready to see 2016 go. We’ve had unemployment and big family changes and sickness, and I’ve had to cut back on some of my “fun” outside activities because of a particularly full plate at work.
This is what I’m finding though as we usher the Christmas season in. I’m unwrapping gifts everywhere. I wrote last week about seeing the miracles, and this Christmas season has been one full of goodness.
We put up outdoor Christmas lights in our front yard in a bigger way than usual this year and the kids (and I) are crazy about driving up to the twinkles and wobbling blow ups every evening.
We had some friends over for a come and go Christmas open house but it turned into a come and stay open house where the adults just laughed and talked and the kids decorated cookies and ornaments. Hours of a house filled with the aroma of cinnamon and friendship.
We sat in the front row at church as little bit performed in the kids church choir to remind us the season is all about that baby. I sang right along in my head because I’d listened to the CD to help her practice for weeks in advance.
The boys run off to hunt this weekend so little bit and I are going to find ways to help others this weekend – dropping Christmas cookies with someone who needs some cheer and finding presents for families struggling to provide this season.
So every week I’ll pop on here in the middle of this season packed with life and goodness and promise with a little vlog. A glimpse into how our small family is trying to set down the busy and chaos and remember why and who we celebrate during this season of miracles.