Glad I Figured It Out

>> Thursday, December 12, 2013

This week I join the Holly Jolly Blog Hop. Be sure to check out some of the other blogs and link up below.


Usually my Christmas season is filled with shopping, activities, and general mayhem like most people.

This year is different. There's still some of that stuff on my plate, but something else as well. I have an underlying feeling of excitement that has had me looking beyond this month.

Beyond the carols, gifts, and gatherings.

And right past Christmas.

My gaze has been glued to January 2, to the exclusion of everything else. Why? Because that's the day I get on a plane to Cozumel.

This is a momentous trip for me as I've never really been on an all-enjoyment type vacation. I don't have the opportunity to travel often and usually it's for family events, visiting friends, etc. But this? This has only one purpose: FUN.

So yeah, I’ve been a bit pre-occupied. I didn’t purposely set out to ignore Christmas. Just have had other things on my mind. No Christmas carols have rang through my home and I’d decided to skip the whole tree and decorations thing. Why bother? I was busy with packing lists, summer clothes, and dreams of beaches instead of snow drifts.

But even though I figured I’d just kind of opt out of the holidays, somewhere along the way I pulled up short. What was I thinking? In my haste to push past it all, I’d also shoved out the real reason for Christmas: The birth of Christ.

I’ve always detested the commercialism that plagues our society in regards to Christmas, yet I’d lost sight in much the same way. My excitement over a “once-in-a-lifetime” trip had lead me to sidestep and I almost missed out on celebrating. Glad I figured it out.

I loaded Pandora with carols and put up a tree. The nativity set now graces the mantel of my fake fireplace. Christmassy candles flicker and the smell of evergreen floats through the house. Nothing like a dark living room with twinkly lights and music to help you gain perspective.

Christmas isn’t presents, decorations, or trips to sunny, faraway places. It’s about the greatest gift of all and God’s kindness when he sent us that baby. 

It’s all about him.

And that’s enough.


5 comments:

Patty Wysong December 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM  

YES!! =]

(and enjoy the beach and ocean!!) =]

Meghan aka Firebonnet December 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM  

Just think of the richness within yourself that you just added to your trip. "Tidings of great joy" indeed. Wonderful post!

Pamela S Thibodeaux December 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM  

Great post! Love it. Sharing on Pinterest! http://www.pinterest.com/pamelasthibodea/2013-holly-jolly-christmas-blog-hop/

Kathleen Rouser December 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM  

Great that you slowed down enough to keep Christ
in Christmas! Enjoy your wonderful trip!

Karla Akins December 14, 2013 at 5:01 PM  

Niiiice! Don't be surprised when I jump out of your suitcase when you get there!

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