Christmas Urgency

focusing on the important stuff at Christmas
I had my plans: get all my Christmas projects started the first week in December while my husband visited his parents. Then I got the flu.

Instead of wearing my shopping shoes, I wore jammies for a week. The tree stood undecorated, my holiday sewing and decorating projects sat in idle stacks. When I felt like eating, I barely had energy to prepare my own food, let alone bake and freeze for the holidays like I'd planned.  

The Wisemen Worship Jesus, by William Hole
It hit me where I lived: What is Christmas really about? Is it dependent on getting all these projects done? Or is it a time to slow down and reflect, a time to do those things that are meaningful to me and my family without getting so stressed, buying so much, eating so much, expecting so much?

This Christmas, let's not let our projects get in the way of seeking Christ first (Matthew 6:33).


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My favorite Creative Christmas post this week: Nativity in a Vintage Trunk.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful words Gail. I love your perspective. Christ first, holiday second!

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  2. I needed this today--hubby is sick and I am fretting over his misery and wondering if everyone else will start dropping like flies, all while I bleach everything in sight. Thank you for your wise words. Hope you get to feeling better very soon!

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  3. Thank you Gail! It makes me feel better, see I don't care for the tree, or the gifts...much, or the dinner even! (Which makes me feel less feminine sometimes, like less in touch with the world!) But we plan on sending that evening worshiping, singing, reading the Word and maybe having a nice dinner (if someone invites us last minute) I wish we do out of love for God, I think we do out of laziness to be honest.

    Marta

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  4. Amen and AMEN! We've had a couple of loved ones deal with the flu this month too - no fun, I know! Hope you are feeling much better.

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  5. I hope you're feeling 100% better and ready to sail into the new year feeling good. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  6. Hope you are feeling better and had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year!

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  7. This happened to me last year...I was devastated but it made me think about it all. This year I did a better job with Christmas and I wasn't sick. I am so sorry it happened to you! Thanks for your wisdom. Happy New Year!

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  8. This is so true. We can forget what Christmas is all about just by all the things we 'think' we need to do. We simplified some this year and still found Christmas a very special time with our family.

    Thanks so much for linking this up at WholeHearted Home.

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