I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone already. The seasons are flying by so fast. I remember people telling me that once you have kids, the months pass so quickly. This is so true. I love this quote I’ve heard about trying to enjoy the little moments amongst the chaos of raising your children, “the days are long, but the years are short.”
There is so much preparation that goes into Christmas. This is the most “high maintenance” holiday for sure. From having to buy individualized gifts for family members, to decorating your home, to maybe putting up the Christmas lights in time before you have a foot of snow on your roof (lol- ours didn’t make it up this year because of that), to brining your turkey 24 hours before you want to cook it, to hoping you have enough food to feed everyone you’re hosting, to wondering if you delegated too many tasks out for Christmas Dinner, to actually cooking a FEAST. The list is endless. The spirit is worth it.
I hosted our Christmas Dinner this year and it was my first time cooking a turkey. I didn’t only cook 1, I cooked 2. Along with a ham and 2 fresh raspberry pies. AH! I was a little nervous, but Grandma Sue reassured me that even if they are dry, we have gravy haha. Everything turned out great and no one went home hungry. Yay!
Our church gave us a worldwide invitation to Light The World through small acts of service in December. They have a hashtag going so you can check out various acts of service people are doing around the world #lighttheworld. I love this & I think that we should all participate every year. It feels good to do good.
I think we can all count out tiny services that people have done for us or maybe small acts of service we have done for others. For our family alone, we’ve had families drop off plates of treats, had countless Christmas cards delivered in the mail, had our walkway shovelled, etc.
One thing I do wish, is that the spirit of Christmas carried on throughout the year. This season is so unique and special. Spring, summer, and fall don’t have anything compared to winter in regards to service.
I also love how Christmas is a time of reflection. Now that the year is close to being over, it’s great to look back and see the Hand of God in our lives. I could go on forever talking about all of the ways I feel I’ve been blessed, starting with the birth of our sweet, sweet, son, but I’d be writing a book.
So, take a step back from the frenzy of the holidays, and count your many blessings. Hug your family members real tight, and always remember Him. He’s the reason for the season.