We have a particular tree we love to visit at Christmas time. It is a single tree in a field, but the whole tree is covered in bluish-white lights. There are no other lights to distract from its beauty, and it is breath-taking. The photo does not do it justice. It truly is magical.
Another thing I did was read A Christmas Carol out loud to my kids, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm not sure if they were as enthusiastic as I was, but all the same they won't forget it -- and it is fun to hear your twelve-year-old discussing what he imagines Mr. Fezziwig looks like :)
|I think these flowers were called cretonnes (sp?)|
Is my house perfectly clean? I wish. Did I mail Christmas cards? No. Have I mailed gifts to faraway family? No, in the interest of finances and stress I decided to do that AFTER the holidays. Does everyone in my house run around with peace in their hearts to their fellow man? That truly would be a dream.
No perfection here. BUT.....this year I have decorated a little more, baked a little more, taken more care wrapping the presents, even been a little more thoughtful in present giving. I have tried to plan some easy good meals and am looking forward to our church's Christmas Eve service.
I am hoping to carry forward some of this intentionality (for want of a better word) into the new year, so that 2012 might have many small happy memories tucked in amongst the ordinary and even the worse-than-ordinary days.
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." -- Luke 2:9-10