Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Well let me correct myself and say....

"I love this time of year until I am down to the wire and running out of gift ideas and then I just freak out!"

However, this year is different. We are making a change. I refuse to let the commercialization of Christmas get to me. This year its not about gifts...its about "The Gift". Purposely making time to reflect on the real reason why we celebrate this holiday. And for the first time in a long time...I couldn't be any more excited.

Simplify is my new favorite word, but more than that I love the peace that envelopes me when I say or hear that word. Simplify. Dear hubby and I are making most of our gifts this year....giving up crowded stores and snippy shoppers for a quiet night at home working in the wood shop or painting in the craft room. The receivers are getting more than a hand painted sign or a keepsake box they are being prayed for. With a stroke of the ole' paintbrush a prayer of thanksgiving for them is being lifted. Thanking God for their presence in our life. Asking God to bless them and their family and friends. Asking God to use them in mighty ways.

I pray that this is the gift that keeps giving throughout the year...not just at Christmas. He is "The Gift" that keeps on giving and how can anyone top that? You can't! I am just so glad it didn't take me until Christmas to remember that this year... :)

May you find peace in the simple everyday things this Christmas season!

Blessings,

4 comments:

Kelly Langner Sauer said...

I love the idea of making the gifts, the prayers that go into them. Thank you for sharing...

(Visiting from Holy Experience.)

Jennifer said...

The gifts that meant the most to me as a child were the ones my mother made. She handmade a few dolls, and each one remains a treasure to me.

Deb said...

I like you're approach to keeping Christmas simple.

Less shopping. Less stuff.

More of Him.

Sweet dreams.

Deb said...

I like you're approach to keeping Christmas simple.

Less shopping. Less stuff.

More of Him.

Sweet dreams.