12.09.2007

Going through the motions

I keep hearing, and reading, about everyone trying to catch the mood of Christmas this year — Simply something I don't understand! I started way back in October making gifts, and then continued the weekend of Thanksgiving, getting Christmas photos taken, decorating the house, putting up the tree, then started Monday Nov. 26th on all of the many cards... which are 1/2 sent and ALMOST finished, thank goodness! Many gifts are wrapped and under the tree, will head to the post office tomorrow to send my only "out of stater" gift. Made pumpkin bread for Nick's HT families, put up the lights on our house last Monday with the help of my light-fixer Dad... all this while trying to work, clean my house, transport kids back and forth to school, plan the ward's Grinch party, feed everyone and teach my baby how to eat off a spoon. I honestly don't have the luxury of worrying about my mood -- too many things to DO! I just keep thinking if I get everything done sooner, I'll have less guilt when Christmas morning actually does get here. Sigh... methinks I'm not setting a good example of Christmas for my children, when all they see is the crazy. I've become exactly what's wrong with the season, yet I don't know what, if anything, to change.

3 comments:

Courtney said...

I don't know how you get it all done, but you are amazing.

PS...HAPPY BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY!! (I forgot to call you.)

Nick said...

I've been thinking about this post, and I'd like to change my one word to describe you: Amazing. I don't know how you manage to get everything done - and well, at that.

I subscribe to a belief that the things we do everyday either celebrate the Lord's life, or ignore Him altogether. With that said, simply by serving our family the way you do is following in the the Savior's footseps, and you are blessed accordingly. It should be noted that this is a year-round process, not limited to the marketing-driven Christmastime window.

My point in all of this is that if the Lord was among us, I don't think that He would get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. Instead, He would continue His ro minister to His people. I would much rather have our children observe and follow your example of work and sacrifice, than to become part of the secular Christmas throng.

Nick said...

I've been thinking about this post, and I'd like to change my one word to describe you: Amazing. I don't know how you manage to get everything done - and well, at that.

I subscribe to a belief that the things we do everyday either celebrate the Lord's life, or ignore Him altogether. With that said, simply by serving our family the way you do is following in the the Savior's footseps, and you are blessed accordingly. It should be noted that this is a year-round process, not limited to the marketing-driven Christmastime window.

My point in all of this is that if the Lord was among us, I don't think that He would get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. Instead, He would continue His ro minister to His people. I would much rather have our children observe and follow your example of work and sacrifice, than to become part of the secular Christmas throng.