Welcome, friends! I’m participating in a Christmas home tour today, and as a way to give back to our readers this festive season, we’re also giving you the chance to win $600 in PayPal cash. Make sure you scroll right to the end for your chance to enter!
But first… a story.
Decorating for Christmas was one of my favourite things to do as a little girl. We had a scrawny little plastic tree, a bunch of home-made ornaments featuring craft sticks and glitter, and a truckload of tinsel. We used to put on some Christmas carols and wrap that thing until it resembled a tinsellified mummy.
It wasn’t classy in the slightest, but it was FUN.
I kind of miss those days, in all honesty. As a blogger, there’s a lot of pressure to produce something that looks nice on camera. It’s been a busy couple of weeks with various deadlines, and I think I kind of lost my joy in what I was doing. Decorating for Christmas became an “I HAVE to” (by a given deadline) instead of an “I WANT to.”
The other day, as I was frantically trying to get the tree up in whatever small window of time I had available right then, I stopped and gave myself an attitude check. How had I managed to turn something I used to enjoy so much and look forward to all year, into a chore that was stressing me out??
Christmas hasn’t changed. But I’ve changed. I’ve grown up. I’ve gotten busy. I’ve lost the magic and the innocence of the season that I enjoyed so much as a child.
I’ve started caring more what other people might happen to think of my decorating, than about the joy I can bring to my family.
In all my frantic Christmas preparations, I haven’t stopped once to think about the coming of Jesus, the one who gives my life meaning and hope and purpose and so, so much more.
Instead, I’ve let myself become stressed out over truly insignificant details like what colour scheme I should use on the tree, and how to set the table so it looks different from last time I participated in this tour.
In short, I’ve lost the point.
So today, I’m not going to give you a blow-by-blow of my decorating choices. I simply want to share our home with you.
It’s not perfect. It’s not even all that fancy. But you know what? Once I pulled myself up and changed my attitude, I enjoyed doing it.
I put on some Christmas carols and belted out the tunes. I let the kids “help” and moved the baubles when they weren’t looking.
I had fun.
Decorating my home reminded me of Christmases past, of the joy I felt as a child, when I created for the sheer pleasure of it, with no inner critic judging my efforts.
And I remembered that the choice is always mine.
We live in a world that puts a lot of value on the external things. But the state of my heart is far more important than the “wow factor” of my table settings.
I can choose to stress over what others may think, or I can focus on reframing how I think.
I can choose to find joy in the simple things.
Like trimming a Christmas tree.
Like seeing the kids’ eyes light up when they walk into the room to find the table set all pretty.
Like hearing my son say, “wow, THANK YOU, Mummy!” as he fingers the little green wreaths on the plates.
I can choose peace instead of stress and acceptance instead of pressure.
I pray this for you as well.
That you’ll enjoy the season. That you’ll create with unselfconscious delight (if you want to.) Or not (if you don’t want to.)
That you’ll experience laughter with family, and times of togetherness, and delicious food, and all the love in the world.
That you’ll take a moment here and there to step away from the hustle and bustle of the season and just… be still.
Be still with the One who it’s all for, in the first place.
Thank you for letting my share my rambling thoughts with you today.
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