Sunday, November 25, 2012
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat!
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was full of loud children, turkey roasted with olive oil and rosemary, 8 different pies, leaf raking, and loud children.
Did I mention the loud children? Yes. There were 5 boys ages 6 and under. And they loved every minute together.
Anyway, let's dive right in, shall we?
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I think I want to rethink how we do Christmas this year. The materialism and sugar rushes and craziness are exciting, but shallow. It fades all too quickly into a stomachache and a need for sleep.
Who am I kidding, I always feel that need for sleep. :)
I just hate that our culture has made it about that first part of the song, and forgotten the second part:
Please put a penny in the old man's hat.
Not only that, but even beyond generosity with those less fortunate, the reason we are supposed to be celebrating is because of this GIGANTIC miracle called our Redeemer otherwise known as God in Son-form sent to us to live our life out and bring us back to Him because there's no WAY we could ever make that happen on our own!
I want SO much for my children to grow up without the materialism focus. Without the bribing for good behavior. Without (gasp!) Santa. I'm not sure how this can happen when we are completely surrounded by these things...but I know we are supposed to be in the world but not of the world. And I know that His truth is worth celebrating more than our pleasure and comfort levels. I want to bring home the truth of this advent season to my children.
This lady has written an awesome post on this...much funnier and more eloquent than I could ever write. If this is something that peaks your interest...here it is.
Please know that I am not intending for our house to be a "no-fun" zone, or for us all to be serious about Jesus' birth at all times. No! I want joy and awe and wonder at the Christ-child come to us, and stories read and beautiful music, and VeggieTales to make the story live for my littles, and baking for neighbors, and Operation Christmas child. I want white lights and peppermint, Christmas concerts and snow, choir parties and great food. But I want the celebration to be for God's love, not for our own satisfaction.
also...I plan on doing a favorite Christmas song per day leading up to Christmas...will probably post once a week stating all seven songs. I could love this time of year for the music it produces alone!