I am a hard-wired do-er. I make lists, revise them, prioritize them, reorganize them, and then take great pleasure in checking things off them. Christmastime generates lots of additional items for me “to-do” . . . decorate tree, buy presents, wrap presents, make Christmas cookies, write Christmas letter, plan Christmas dinner . . . if I give in to my natural bent my Christmas honey-do list could be endless. Even though they are all good things, when added together they can distract me from what I really want to be celebrating this Christmas.
I have been challenged from all sorts of angles, to remember to slow my life down enough to consider the meaning of advent and appreciate it as a tool designed to help prepare my heart for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Every day I’m trying to give myself space to reflect. I’ve subscribed to a daily advent devotional that has helped me to prioritize time in my day to ponder the wonder that is Christmas. It has been an incredible experience and has moved me to tears on more than one occasion. I’m finding that when my heart is prepared to listen, God has an incredible way of making the Christmas story come alive and fresh all over again.
The Christmas season is rich with all the things that I cherish so deeply in life – my family, my friends, my faith, my Savior – and I want to savor the moments devoted to each of them this Christmas.