I dare you to tuck your phone into a drawer and fight through the knee jerk reaction to check it. Look into the eyes of those around you, breath deeply and let your shoulders drop, laugh loud and silly, dance and run like children, fight to do the washing up and let others rest, and think with gratitude of the things you have rather than ogling at someone else seemingly perfect Christmas(they’re bound to have burnt something, and cry from exhaustion at some point too, just out of shot😉). We are so blessed and in such a time of busy busy and advertisements galore it can feel like we are all so lacking, in beautiful/useful possessions, capacity, skills... but we are safe, we have homes, we have people around us- call on them, love them, we need them!
I’m desperate to hold my babies with no distractions, to let their little faces know my complete connection. We will walk on the beach, make something warm and delicious to eat and drink, play a game or two and read through our winter books. One of those is a second hand copy of the Christmas Story by Carol Heyer I snagged for pennies on eBay. A lovely and detailed telling of Jesus’ birth. We will walk them through the story of this world and why this moment in our history was the greatest. Why it is the start of God’s rescue plan for their lives. We will hold one another and thank God for what we have, what he’s done, and ask eagerly for more.. more love, compassion, strength, joy, resilience, and courage. We will tuck them into beds, rub feet with sleepy oils, sing songs, whisper good nights and stroke their backs, walk our babies-lively with Christmas Eve excitement-to slow and rest. Tiptoe downstairs and light a candle and wrap a few last minute gifts together.
I’m going to unplug for a few days so I wish you a magical Christmas, may your hearts connect and smiles be numerous! ✨✨✨✨✨