I saw this on Facebook the other day and it spoke to me. I mean, I’m in the middle of Christmas shopping the week before Christmas, and it’s getting real, y’all. I went into full on freak out yesterday morning when I realized I am not, in fact, almost done, because “Santa” hasn’t even shopped yet! (Can you see the face palm happening?)
For several years, I’ve been very intentional about not getting to this place in the season with this level of anxiety. I plan out my shopping, and start early. But this year we had new floor installed in our house the week after Thanksgiving. Let me give you a piece of advice: Do not have your floors redone between Thanksgiving and Christmas!!! I set into motion an entire month of feeling behind, and the month preceding Christmas is already riddled with that to begin with.
It gets me thinking about what the Advent season or Christmas season is all about, and what it’s supposed to be about. To date this year, I’ve pretty much gotten it all wrong. While I’ve been busy trying to put the “Merry” in Christmas, I’ve been effectively removing it from my own self. I’ve let the expectations take over, and I’ve been fighting a losing battle.
This is when I need to really re-evaluate for next year. I don’t need to do it later, when the pain of my procrastination is a distant memory. I don’t need to do it as we’re sliding into next season. I need to do it now, while it’s fresh. While the consequences of my misplaced goals are still wreaking havoc. This is when I need to write it upon my heart that a full tree is not what it’s all about. It’s actually about waiting expectantly, which is a theme that the Lord has been reminding me of this year. It’s actually about slowing down, not speeding up. It’s actually about relationships, not gifts. When best gift you can give someone is your time, you need to have time to give.
So, here we are, less than a week away from Christmas, and I’ve still got a list a mile long. Today, I purpose to get what I can done, because the time is now to make the memories with my loved ones.
For next year, I know to do less. I want to spend less on stuff, and more on experiences. I want to give less stuff, and more time. I want to get less gifts, and gain more faith. I want to do less things and experience more of my Savior.