For those of you overwhelmed by jingling bells, perfectly decked halls, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, WELCOME TO DOWN ON THE FARM!!!
I just put my FAKE Christmas tree up last night.
I can't even find my tree skirt -- seriously, I thought it was in the box with the tree???
My ornaments don't match. They don't even have a theme. And I only put them on the side of the tree that people can see.
I put my tree in front of my front door (uh, nobody EVER uses our front door) because it's the only place I can put it where I don't have to move something. To be brutally honest I haven't even put up a Christmas tree the past two years. It's just too much trouble!!! But since my kids no longer live at home, I want it to seem Christmasy when they are here. I had to have the tree up by this Thursday when our daughter comes home from college for winter break!! How's that for giving yourself a deadline!!!!!
I have no Christmas lights on the outside of my house, and when I asked my husband this morning on a scale of 1 to 10 what his interest was in putting up Christmas lights he responded "zero." But I'm still working on him!!
Just this past weekend I had my sweet husband take a scoop shovel and scoop up the remains of the dead, frozen, deflated, mushy pumpkins from the back steps. I'm not kidding. They were GROSS.
I still have DEAD FERNS in the pots on my front porch and back porch. (Note to self -- THROW THE DEAD FERNS AWAY TONIGHT!!)
I haven't mailed any Christmas cards. Who am I kidding, I haven't ORDERED any Christmas cards.
I've not baked one cookie. I've not wrapped one gift.
Am I stressed??
Why am I not stressed?
BECAUSE IT'S NOT ABOUT ALL THAT!!!
Yes, I will have gifts for everyone by Christmas. They will be wrapped. They will be pretty, not fancy. There will be plenty of good food to eat, but no artfully decorated homemade sugar cookies. My home would not impress anyone, but it is full of love for my family and my friends. And it is my desire that all who enter our home feel loved.
But make no mistake, Christmas is about one thing -- Jesus.
Luke 2:10-11 Fear not: for, behold, I bring
you good tidings of great joy, which shall
be to all people.
For unto you is born this day
in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.
So today, if you find yourself in a whirlwind trying to keep up with the "Joneses" of your world just STOP. Don't do that to yourself. It doesn't matter.
Embrace the real meaning of Christmas. The Son of God, sent from heaven to save an undeserving world. A Baby born in a stable, raised by a carpenter, crucified on a tree for the sins of the world, MY RISEN SAVIOUR!!!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!!!!!!!!!!