Things change. They are supposed to. It’s how you grow. And we’ve had quite a few changes in the last couple of years. Christmas isn’t the same as it used to be. Partly because as you grow up, your responsibilities and activities become more intense, whereas, as we have realized with Landon—it pretty much ROCKS to be in Elementary School during the Christmas season…but the older you get, the more commitments you have. You don’t have as much time for the anticipation of what is to come. And wouldn’t you agree that’s the best part of Christmas?
The expectation and anticipation: advent.
Christmas Lights Night is a very favorite. What started many, many years ago, has become something our kids look forward to each and every year. And each and every year, it seems we have to get a bit more creative to accomplish this night of tradition! They were all smiles when they realized, after dinner together and a bit of shopping, that on their seats was a wrapped gift of new pajamas. And finally we were in the biggest city around (something I’ve wanted to do for the last couple of years)
A new twist this year, was changing in the suburban and making a public appearance in their pajamas. “SO embarassing, Mom”. But, they were good sports and I think they thought it was pretty much fun.
I plan to be doing this when they come home from college. When they bring their boyfriends and girlfriend. I plan that we are doing this even if we have to rent a 15 passenger van. Or bus. Or whatever it takes.
We marched them right into Rita’s for some ice and custard. I was honestly hoping for Starbucks, but it turned out alright….
I think maybe next year, I’m going to have to get Steve and I some new pj’s as well. I was jealous how comfy they were as we loaded back up with our treats and headed to the light display.
We had some of the best light displays to drive through! And got some really good ideas for next year for our home. (Steve isn’t so sure…)
I just read a really good article on what matters at Christmas. There is something about tradition that is comforting to kids. They know what to expect. It’s a way of feeling a “part” of something. And listening to my kids this year, in particular, they have proven to me how important certain things are to them. It’s not about the gifts. It’s about what we do together…
Finding the JOY in the little things is what matters most. Even if it might be a bit embarassing marching in public in your jammies…
I have been teary this week. Having a hard time carving out the traditions I want to keep with these four. Between Steve’s traveling, tests, practices, finals, concerts, and meetings–there just doesn’t feel like there’s any time to soak in this magical season. I look back at this sweet time in our life when the most stressful thing on our December list was getting the Christmas card picture. A Sunday afternoon I wanted to reserve for frosting sugar cookies turned into a crazed study session. ‘Tis the season of life we are in, which I am loving, don’t get me wrong. But oh how I loved those care free times. I find myself envious of the Christmas programs the littles have. The excitement of the season through their little baby eyes. The way they sing Away in a Manger. The Christmas piano recitals we so stressed over. Maybe at that time I was putting too much emphasis in forming traditions and memories. But, I don’t think so. I can’t wait for the end of the week when the cares of the world will dissipate, for even just a couple of weeks for the kids. I can’t wait to bring it all back to center and really FOCUS.
What a sweet, sweet time. And now I am having to re-learn how to make it a sweet, sweet time in this stage they are in. Even if I can’t get them to coordinate and match their outfits anymore…
Yesterday, I gave in and devoted the whole day to getting my home ready for Christmas. The more I got into it, the more I realized–it’s all about the light for me. The warmth it brings. The comfort it provides in your home. I realized it wasn’t the Christmas stockings or my wreaths or my pillows—although I love all of those things too. But more often than not, I tried to figure out how to incorporate more light.
Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
John 1:5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come on you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes.
Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no ficklenss, neither shadow of turning.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin.
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
Perhaps the reason I am looking to add more light whenever I can is the simple fact that Jesus is Light. Perhaps the simple reason I keep looking for more ways to light up this home, is that very same desire to bring Jesus into it. The way light warms my heart and home is the way Jesus wants to warm our heart and home.
I can’t say “no” any more. I love you fall decor. I love you pumpkins. I love you Thanksgiving and I will celebrate you with a most thankful heart for so, so much. BUT, I’m going to do it with a Christmas tree and gifts wrapped under my tree. And if I have my way, with no more worry of Christmas shopping to do.
The itch is going to have to be scratched. The weather says it. Bath and Body Works candles say it. And these awesome Caroling Party costumes are yelling my name. Can I say I successfully humiliated my oldest daughter in Target yesterday? Yes, yes I did. 😉
I was given an unexpected gift in being called off from work last night—which I believe Steve thinks is extremely dangerous as I plot Christmas decorating and gift wrapping.
It’s getting a little crazy and a little exciting over here…
Our brand new Mary & Martha Christmas Product Guides ARE HERE!!!
Did you know what September 15th meant a couple of days ago?
WOWZA! That’s crazy isn’t it? So how many of you have already purchased at least one Christmas gift for this year?
This is the BEST time of year in Mary & Martha! And even more fun now that we have exclusive Christmas products in a Mini Guide!–And just wait until you see how they’ve taken some of our beautiful products we already have and paired them together to decorate for the wonderful occasion of celebrating Christ’s birth! It just makes you happy…So do you want a Mini Guide? Would you love to see our new Nativity with scripture written on each and every piece foretelling the wonderful story of the birth of our Lord and Savior? Did you know that the Baby Jesus can be placed in the manger OR in Mary’s arms? This is going to be so fun. And we want to share with you all at our Christmas Product Launch on September 28th at 4:00 pm. Click HERE for all of the details!!!
THESE TILES are making their debut in my Vintage Announcement Board.
Gearing up for a very amazing Christmas selling season! Do you want to gather with me?