Christmas is fast approaching and Matt and I have been tossing around the idea of hosting Christmas at our house this year. We normally go to his mom’s and she does all the work. But we thought, this year, lets give her a break and take on all the fun preparation, cooking, baking, and fingernail biting ourselves.
Once November hits the spirit of Christmas dances in the air around us. It’s voice beckons us to dream of shiny new things, gift-giving and an indulgence in warm, sugary, yumminess. But what it should be about is family. It is the time of year when we gather to hug and share with those we love. And they don’t necessarily have to be blood-related family. It can be the family of friends from church. Or your close buds from work. Family is everywhere. And can be celebrated anywhere. This year I want to live an old-fashioned Christmas. Where one or two small gifts are enough. Where sipping eggnog with Grandpa is priceless and hearing mom hum in the kitchen makes you feel settled.
This will be Lauren’s first Christmas and I want to start some family traditions that she will carry with her the rest of her life. I want to take that time to also be thankful to God for all that He’s given us throughout the year. It’s important for me to stop and think about what I say and do now, so as she gets older she’ll have a good foundation to stand on. We aren’t perfect (surprise) but trying to be the best version of ourselves is what we’ll strive for.
I love these idyllic photos from the 50′s. It seemed like a time when being humble, graceful, and respectful was normal. Kids were innocent and adults were steady and self-less. Sometimes I feel like we try to rush kids into growing up. This Christmas, let them be kids. And be a little more sacrificial on their behalf.
This Christmas get in the kitchen with your loved ones and get to work. So much can come from serving each other in that capacity. I myself dislike cooking. But this year I want to stand beside my hubby and take direction from him like a proper sous-chef. Doing something extra like helping in the kitchen or washing the dishes, will be a lesson in courtesy. Remember all that your Grandma did for you growing up, and serve in her honor.
I hope you all have the best Christmas this year, and when all the lights are up, stockings hung and trees brimming, stop for a moment and look around.
You will see the beauty in your kids laughter, the dependability in your husbands word. The generosity of your neighbors gifts. And most importantly the grace of your Heavenly Father.