I know it’s still November, but here’s where I secretly (or rather, not so secretly) admit I’ve been listening to Christmas music as I’ve prepped and written this series the last few weeks. Usually I try to wait until after Thanksgiving, but I couldn’t help myself. (I hope no sensibilities were offended in this confession.)
It’s funny how whenever I’m writing something God tends to try me on my own ideas. “Oh, more joy, less stress? Let’s see how far you believe that.” Because, seriously, looking at December and all the things that could possibly show up on my calendar is stressful. I know my inclination to say “yes” at every turn and I really don’t want to do that.
I want the joy, not the stress. Intentional time being and not just doing. I want peace and joy and laughter and smiles and contentment this Christmas…for me and my family.
I want to be present. So the world and it’s spinning has been tempting this week and I’m trying to turn my face away to better things. To not just show up to every activity, but to be engaged at a heart level, an eye-seeing-eye connection. You?
We can do this.
So…while we’re diving into examining our Christmas traditions and what we want our priority to be this Christmas season all the while giving up the stress and embracing the joy, I wanted to share with you some of our Christmas favorites.
The Muppet Christmas Carol – A favorite, kid-friendly Christmas movie. My husband grew up watching this and introduced me to it our first Christmas together. We’ve been singing “It’s in the singing of a street corner choir…” ever since.
Advent Songs by Sojourn – If you’re not listening to Sojourn, you’re really missing out. Seriously. Theologically rich songs, beautiful, lyrical music.
Starbucks Giftcard – Peppermint Mocha. Red cups. Need I say more? It’s a Christmas necessity people.
We’ll make it easy, because who’s got time for 15 different ways to enter? Leave a comment sharing…