Kids drawing the heavenly host!
Wow - I'm getting old, because I find the lead-up to Christmas creates this sense of dread in the pit of my stomach.
Come mid-November, I walk around with a list of "THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE" flying through my brain. I use capital letters because it feels like a capital letter type of list. Presents are of course on the list. That's mostly not too hard. I quite like gifts. I do find the odd person a bit tricky to buy for though. You always think that you're finally DONE, but then there's always one person who you haven't bought for.
What else is on the LIST? Cards, Christmas tree, baking, presents for the teachers (x5 - full-on!), food for family get-togethers etc, etc.
Every year I think that I should make one of those lovely advent calendars with Bible verses for each day. I do think about it every year. Nice thought. It comes and it goes. Bit of a failure in that area. But we do have a knitted (not by me) nativity scene which is popular.
The stress of the LIST is compounded by the various, endless end-of-year events that are held too. I like the end-of-year events but I would enjoy them more if they were spread out over the year. So that I had one nice night out a week over the year instead of five nights in a row for three weeks!
I've been thinking a lot in the midst of my stress about my list what is Christmas actually meant to be about? For me, it comes down to remembering that Jesus came to earth to die for me. It's about celebrating that God loves me and is interested in knowing me.
If that's what it's about, I don't think I should I feel stressed out every year. But I'm stumped about how to slow down and just sit and be and remember.
BTW I do actually like giving gifts and being hospitable and doing fun stuff for the kids. Maybe it's the volume of it all in a short amount of time that is stressful.