Day 4: All I want for Christmas
To Be PRESENT
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can sure ruin the true meaning of Christmas! It seems everyone gets a few things added to their to-do list this time of year; mixed in with already exhausting schedules.
Christmas Day is every emotion possible. The day is spent rushing from one house/dinner to another aching to see every single family member. A day with life flying- literally! Casserole dishes, wrapping paper, laughter, etc. you get my point.
Last Christmas, for the very first time; I experienced stillness on Christmas. True presence with Ryan and the kids. We had no time restraints, no where else to go, and it allowed us to be present.
One of Madison's therapist is celebrating Christmas with her kids this weekend. They are driving in, staying at her house, and have no where else to go! This makes my heart smile! I would love nothing more than a sleepover at my parent's, in-law's, grandparent's home,...., but everyone celebrating on the same day makes that impossible.
Or is it impossible? I've tasted "stillness" and once you've tasted it the hustle and bustle will never measure up! I try harder to clear off a day then to add so much to it that I'm not present.
This Christmas I want to be present! Not rushing with no time to visit, not to exhausted that I pray for a nap, I want to be present, still, and celebrate Jesus' birthday not just on the 25th, but all year!
We started the tradition about 8 years ago to stay home on Christmas. We don't leave and if people want to see us, they come to us. One set of grandparents typically come and eat breakfast with us and the other will come over for an evening meal. I love the true relaxation of the day and the kids love having a day of mom and dad all to themselves! In my opinion it is the best way to spend Christmas day!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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