It's hard to believe that December 1st is here, but goodness, it is.
Honestly, I've felt like things have flown by in a whirlwind since Halloween, and finally am taking a few minutes today to catch my breath. Last week we traveled to Kentucky to have Thanksgiving with family, which meant I handled Black Friday week deals while away from home. (You all should see how I set things up in Kentucky to work ~ I bring my entire computer with me!)
My niece shared this of me setting up shop on Thanksgiving night at midnight for Black Friday at my sister-in-law's home, 🙂
But we're finally into the real Christmas season, and I so want to remember what really matters. My husband asked me to get an Advent wreath for our family to use Sunday nights through the Advent season (we've done it off and on over the years, but our wreath had been misplaced in our move.)
Sunday night though when we'd just gotten home from traveling and were putting up some Christmas decorations, the last thing I felt up for was a big planned Advent devotional. Our oldest asked if he could start a fire outside, and I wasn't sure I was up for convincing our kids to come in and sit around the table.
so I didn't.
Instead, our girls made 5 mugs of hot chocolate, I grabbed one of the candles from the Advent wreath and a few blankets, and we all sat out by the fire and did a quick ten minute devotional. (You can download a free advent guide here if you'd like one too.)
We read Isaiah 9:6, talked about how God is our wonderful counselor, and sung a few Christmas Carols. (Which quickly turned into a rousing rendition of Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer. ahem.)
It wasn't fancy.
It wasn't perfect.
And it didn't look anything like Pinterest. (I didn't even take a picture.)
But we did it anyway, and it's already one of my favorite memories this Christmas season.
When you can, in ways you can, slow down this Christmas.
You don't have to make or do anything fancy ~ your family (and goodness, my family) craves just us so more than it craves perfection.
Take a minute to download these free scripture Advent tags that start today. My friend Cheryl made these up for us a few years ago, and I just attach a small bag with a treat each morning for my kids to open, using things I already had in my pantry. (Think toothpaste or a toothbrush, a piece of candy, a stick of gum, etc.)
Make it simple this Christmas, and determine to slow things down a bit. Happy December 1st!
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