Christmas Failure | Julie

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This year, I’ve been thinking a lot about holiday traditions and how my little family doesn’t really have any of our own. We are always busy traveling between my parents and my husband’s parents, so we don’t have much time at home to create our own traditions for just the three of us.

So this year, I was determined to make the most of the time that we did have together. But my plans were derailed when I got sick and couldn’t do anything for over a week. Finally this past weekend, (less than 10 days before Christmas!), I decided we should at least put up the Christmas tree, even if we didn’t add the ornaments. So while I laid on the couch, my sweet husband pulled out the tree. It’s the pre-lit kind, but the lights went out a few years ago, so we just add string lights to it. But this year, even the string lights decided not to work.

In a tantrum that would put any three year old to shame, I said, “What is even the point of Christmas this year!?!” Before the words were even out of my mouth, I realized how far off point my perspective had shifted.

We all know the sayings, “Jesus is the reason for the season,” and “Keep Christ in Christmas.” But how do we make that a reality?

I was reading a devotion this morning that encouraged us to be still during this season, even if for only two minutes a day. To take that two minutes and bring the to-do list to God.

I’m praying that you and your family (and my family!) find still moments during this season. Merry Christmas!