I spent most of today on the couch enjoying the Christmas gift given to me by my oldest child – a head cold. In her defense, Emelie also gave me a beautiful abstract watercolor she painted, so…I forgave her. 🙂 And as soon as I can garner the energy it takes to change from my pajamas and drive to Hobby Lobby, I plan to frame it. It is beautiful and perfect for me.
This Christmas I received several special gifts.
I’ve already told you about Emelie’s gift, and then, Jeff replaced my 3-year-old sunglasses and surprised me with a pair of kiwi Sloggers to wear about the yard. My parents gave me a watch I’ve had on my wish list for a while, which means I can leave my phone in my purse and still know the time. My In-loves gave cash that I quickly exchanged for a vat (okay, fine – 6.7 oz) of Origins Smoothing Souffle; something I sampled and fell in love with at the counter but would not purchase for myself. And my grandmother gifted me the David Jeremiah Study Bible (NKJV), which I’ll use to read through the Bible this year. This year I’ve enjoyed reading through the The Inspirational Study Bible (NCV).
But beyond the lovely gifts…
Thinking back over the last several Christmas seasons, I have to say this one topped the list for me. Mostly because we weren’t traveling on or around Christmas Day, and so, it was a peaceful, relaxed holiday where we actually rested in the Spirit of the season.
Jeff’s parents, brother, and sister-in-law drove down the Saturday before Christmas to exchange gifts as well as take Kenny out for his birthday. We had a wonderful time visiting with them throughout the day and into the evening before they headed back home.
Then, I took off work on Christmas Eve and spent the entire day at my parents’ home working a puzzle and listening/singing to Christmas music. Meredith and Emelie joined Momma and me early on, and the boys came a bit later in the day (not being big puzzlers and because Jeff wanted to fish). The evening was spent at my grandmother’s home visiting with extended family and eating our traditional potato soup – there was also oyster soup for those who could stomach it (Not me! Eeeeww).
I cherish being home on Christmas Eve, so we didn’t stay late, and Christmas morning and throughout the day was equally relaxing. My parents came over to open gifts and then, we went back to their house for pecan waffles.
It’s nice to know I will return to work in the morning not feeling as though I ran a marathon.
It’s also nice to know I had time each morning to wake up, dive into The Word, write in my prayer journal, and focus on the sole reason our family even celebrates Christmas.
May we all embrace the Lord Jesus and praise God just like the righteous and devout Simeon who “was waiting for the consolation of Israel” because the Holy Spirit had revealed to him “that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.”
“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to Your Word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a Light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel. (ESV)” – Luke 2:29-32
Tell me, did anything stand out about your Christmas this year?
Did you make any choices that ushered in a more peaceful celebration? Have you any special New Year’s Eve plans? As I wrote last week, my word for 2016 is Surrender. If you have a word/theme or intentional focus for 2016, please share it in the comments.