Hark the Herald Angels

19 Dec

Rejoicing with You

I’m avoiding my typical hustle and bustle of this time of year. My house isn’t decorated, although my husband is putting the lights on the tree as I type this, so ornaments may follow! Gifts are purchased but not wrapped. Oh well, the tree isn’t ready to receive them yet anyway! My house isn’t cleaned — and it really, really needs it…REALLY — and I had planned to do it tomorrow but a friend called and wants to meet for lunch tomorrow. I decided that time with my dear friend is more important than a clean house so the house can wait. I haven’t made a single cookie but I’m doing Weight Watchers so how many cookies do we need anyway? I’ve decided to stop by Father’s Table Bakery & Cafe to pick up a tray of goodies instead of driving myself crazy cranking out dozens of cookies to foil my weight loss endeavor.

I told Mr. Stamp for Sanity this morning that if we don’t get the ornaments on the tree, we can enjoy the simple beauty of a tree with just white lights. And I told him that if I don’t get the presents wrapped, I can just hand them to the recipients with a smile and lots of love. And that if I don’t get the house cleaned, it’s okay, it’s just not that important. The focus is on the message in the card above!

During this Advent season, I’m trying to stay calm and keep my focus on what is important. Christmas comes, ready or not! Christ was born in a stable, surrounded by animals and animal poop! If it was good enough for God, it’s good enough for me and anyone else who enters under my roof. So, cleaning may or may not happen. Time with friends, time with family, time with God have taken the place of the usual hustle and bustle. All is calm.

All are welcome; drop by for some Father’s Table cookies, enjoy the white lights on our tree, relax on our dog-hair covered furniture…and know that you are loved!

Card 6 0f 10

Check back tomorrow for another handmade Christmas card.


4 Responses to “Hark the Herald Angels”

  1. Jeanne December 21, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Kathy, I totally agree with your sentiment although I have never quite been brave enough to completely follow through. I missed you all last night but at the same time I have made the decision to let go of everything besides my music performance commitments, church activities and spending time enjoying Christmas with my family. We have downsized this Christmas and my main gifts to family and friends were handmade (cooking and MDS wall art.) So far the season has been much more enjoyable! Just a few more days to go and we will be in the thick of things again. Maybe by then we will be refreshed by celebrating a little more simply. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Kathy Seals December 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

      Thank you, Jeanne. We missed you too but I completely understand and support your decision. Enjoy the blessings of this beautiful time and I’ll see you in the new year!

  2. loudouncrazymom December 22, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Reminds me of the story of Mary and Martha. Mary sat quietly at Jesus’s feet, while Martha rushed around frantically, obsessing about preparations. Maybe we need to have a Mary Christmas rather than a Merry Christmas. 🙂 Animal fur has always been a part of the Christmas story. 🙂

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