Over the past few years, we’ve chosen to have a simple Christmas. Our tree went up, but all it held was a strand of lights. Christmas stockings were hung, but all the “extras” didn’t get added to the shelves and walls. .The decision was partly because of Alex’s hectic work schedule: he just didn’t have the time to get the decorations down! However, it’s also because we love simplicity during this season.
We were wondering what to do this year. Should we get all the decorations down this year, or just keep it simple again?
Last weekend Alex went to get a Christmas tree… Z-man BEGGED to go with daddy. Miss T and I stayed home and snuggled up with a good movie. He came home with the top of a cedar tree… it was weirdly shaped and the epitome of a Charlie Brown tree. 😂 When I began putting sparkly lights a few nights ago… ALL the cedar needles began falling off. This weekend we’ll be hunting for Christmas tree #2. 😂
To be honest, I’ve felt like Charlie Brown when it comes to Christmas these past few years. The pressure to have the perfect gifts and a perfectly decorated tree makes me wonder:
What is Christmas REALLY about?
It is a season where Everything. Must. Be. PERFECT? Or maybe it’s more about enjoying this special season, celebrating the birth of a perfect Savior, and less about the stuff.
It’s about loving on those around us.
There’s nothing I love more than spending time with family and friends. That’s the best part of this season; getting to be with those we don’t get to see that often. Laughing around the dinner table as Auntie tells the BEST stories. Hearing tales of when we were kids, watching the little ones open their presents… and making new memories made with friends we hold dear.
This season should be FILLED with grace.
We have been given so much, so freely. Just pause for a minute, and let that reality permeate into your soul. We don’t have to be perfect. We don’t need to have the perfect tree, or go into debt buying the perfect gifts. I can almost hear Jesus whispering “Rest, weary child. Just REST. There’s no need for all this worry over such temporary things.”
So, it’s another Simple Christmas for us. I spent a few hours gathering some greenery in the backyard for window decorations, and the stockings are hung on the mantle… And I love it. I want to spend my time enjoying the people I love, watching Christmas movies and drinking hot cocoa… because to me, that’s what Christmas is all about.