With an almost 5 year old and almost 2 year old, the Christmas spirit and excitement in our house is reaching a fevered pitch 😃. In a few, rare quiet moments, I’ve realized a few priorities I pray to keep even after the Holiday:
1. Live everyday like my nativity scene is up: ours is currently positioned on top of he TV in the living room. It is one of the first things I see each morning. I think I’m just OCD enough to not feel comfortable with leaving it up year round, but I love that concept. Jesus has come, humbly, and that is a necessary reminder for my daily walk. I am happier when I take even a brief moment to gaze into this and appreciate: much like the kings who came bearing gifts, what gifts can I contribute each day?
2. Encourage others generously. This doesn’t require a lot of money. Maybe because it has been a wonderfully challenging and rich year mothering two littles, I felt immense gratitude to the multitude that helped my children this year. I felt compelled to do thank you tokens to several at daycare, at pre-k, at church. Truthfully, these people bless me year round. Wouldn’t it be nice to do thank you’s more than once a year?. I can! Exciting thought!
3. Mail cards with updated pictures of the kids. Kids change by the second. Once a year for far away family is kind of like giving them a second out of a million. This year, early December, I went to the post office and bought stamps. I forgot how simple and straight forward that task actually is.
4. Celebrate Jesus’s life. I get the Happy Birthday Jesus concept. I think once a year isn’t enough. Let’s toss the rules on this one. Jesus gets multiple, maybe even spontaneous birthday parties. In April, May, August. Why not?