Last May I posted something I wrote titled "The Year I Skipped Mother's Day."
As I was driving today, I thought that this might be "The Year I Skipped Christmas."
We are one week out from Christmas.
I do not have a single Christmas decoration up in my home.
I have only bought three Christmas gifts for some of the little people in my life. Three. I have quite a few to go.
My Christmas cards are sitting on my dining room table waiting to be mailed. They are next to my birth announcements that only made it into the hands of about 10 people.
I made two Christmas treats a few weeks ago but want to make more (I love tasty Christmas treats!).
When I think about Christmas the part that excites me the most is that Ryan will be home from work for 12 days and I will get to sleep, sleep, sleep.
It seems I am living in a bit of a fog this holiday season...it has gone by in a blur and will be here before I know it.
But as I think about the first Christmas, I am reminded:
there were no decorations
they did not send out Christmas cards (or baby announcements!)
there were no sweet treats to enjoy
the gifts presented were not ones purchased at a store
So this year, I might be skipping (or at least delaying) most of the 'usual' Christmas traditions. But instead I will do as another young mother did so many years ago...
"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." Luke 2:19
I commit today to stop feeling guilty for what I have not accomplished or am choosing not to do this year. Instead I will look at my two Christmas miracles, treasure their precious lives and daily ponder all that the Lord has blessed me with this year.