It’s been quiet on my blog and on social media channels because I’ve been busy doing things like this with my family:
That’s our family in gingerbread form with a graham cracker house that has been hot glued together. It’s not Pinterest worthy, by any means, but it meets my kids’ needs for lots of crafts and fun and mess.
At 5, my daughter has started noticing all the fun Christmas crafts in the stores and she wants to do them all. While we haven’t been doing them all, not by a long shot, we’ve been doing way more crafty things than usual. Even though I’d rather curl up in the fetal position than get sprinkles or glittler glue all over my dining room one more time, I’m doing the crafts and the baking anyway. W’e’re making memories here.
I hope your Christmas is a sweet one, one full of precious memories and one full of the hope of Christ. We celebrate a baby who came to die to pay the penalty of our sins. That is no small thing.
As we ponder such a huge gift, let’s not lose our focus. I recently listened to a podcast called Rethinking Santa by John Piper. I don’t intend to be divisive when I post this link, because certainly whether or not the guy in the big red suit visits your home is a choice for you and your husband to make. But I do think it’s important to focus on Christ at this time, whether Santa is a part of that or not. So to that end, I share this quote with you.
As I do the crafts and then try to keep the house picked up, I struggle to be joy-filled when my list is longer than it should be. And I pray that God enables me to serve my family with a joyous heart.
Friends, let’s continue to keep the focus where it should be–not on the stress and the to-do list and the busy-ness of parties and crafts and gifts. Let’s focus on a sweet little sinless baby who would grow into a man who would die for us. And a God who loved us enough to send us the most precious of all gifts.