This no tree thing is good. Taking a step back to re-think traditions surrounding the Christmas season is good. Having little children here who want to know "WHY???" is good. Remembering there is a season in the church year before Christmas- even better.
Side story. Everytime we listen to the radio and hear Christmas music E says, "Mom, I think they are forgetting about the season Advent." :)
I like Advent. The more I think about Advent, the more Christmas is gaining it's meaning for me again.
Questions and thoughts I am pondering:
-Christmas is Jesus's birthday.
-How do we celebrate birthdays at our house?
-When do I start to decorate? How long do the decorations stay up? Why decorate in the first place?
-What about just decorating for the winter season? Why do I do that?
-How did I prepare for the birth of my children?
-Advent wreath is a great tool to help my children know when Christmas will be here. Lighting extra candles at bible time is a bonus.
-Liking bible time at night. A good habit.
Saturday Evening Quote
"Keep in mind always the present you are constructing.
It should be the future you want."
Evenings of peace...
But usually look more like this...
And I should be making supper, but my counter looks like this.
I am glad to see this website again. It got a makeover.
Nothing fancy. Straight to the point.
Personal Growth Resources by Jim Found
My site is getting a makeover too. It's time. Rethinking how to do lots of things around here, including this space.
What a difference a year makes...
Ok, somethings haven't changed. :)
It was up. In a timely fashion. It was pretty. Was. It is no longer. Too much chaos and not good things surrounding the tree. This is not the year for it. Maybe next year when little ones understand better. When the youngest is older and doesn't put lights into her mouth. When middle is older and doesn't crawl into it and lose the manger figurines in it. It's not worth it. Not worth the chaos.
We can still have Christmas without the tree. .... We can still have Christmas without the tree. That's what I told him. Why aren't we going to have a tree? What about Christmas? We can still have Christmas without the tree. Christmas isn't the tree. For that matter Christmas isn't presents, snow, beautiful decorations, cookies, pies, etc, etc, etc. And in it's absence, it's time to figure why we will have it next year. Or it's time to find why we won't. It's time to find meaningful traditions of our own. Christ is our under current. But painting, making cookies, setting up a tree, buying presents mean nothing with out Christ- without his Spirit in our hearts. Putting on a Christmas pageant/service and being grumpy, rushed, frazzled- focusing on the task and not the person- that is not of Christ. Doing the task to do it... and trample little hearts along the way- that's what Satan wants- not what Christ wants. And he died and rose to gave me a choice... and I want to choose His way. So down with the tree. Be gone manger scene and figurines. We don't need you. We need Christ. I need you Lord Jesus. Come.
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