For most, the celebrations are over and decorations are quickly finding their way back into storage tubs. Not for us.
Having lived in a Swedish community for several years where Christmas decorations were not removed until January 13th on King Knut’s Day, we adopted a later set-strike for the Christmas decor. I want to savor it for as long as I can.
Espeically this year.
This Christmas season I made some poor choices until it was nearly too late. I chose to become preoccupied for the first time in …well, forever.
I’ve never understood those who speak of wildy-busy holidays that they find totally overwhelming. I’ve always enjoyed everything about Christmastime. But this year, things were different.
This year, I lost my focus.
The realization of that lost focus was a major contributor to me posting my 2009 Review and taking off for a while. I needed to figure out what had happened and how to get back the focus I had lost.
I know I said “until next year”, but all it took was a couple of days to reach an understanding. And what I realized needed to be shared here.
I lost my balance. Not the kind that causes you to fall off the balance beam in 4th grade gym class, but the kind that leaves you clinging to the sides of life petrified that the white-knuckled grip you hold won’t last long.
I was “getting by” and things were still getting done, but I wasn’t really enjoying any of it. I was beginning to feel as if lots of other things “owned” me and my time, but all I really wanted to do was sit still and soak in the season.
This Christmas was spent at home. On purpose.
We were snowed in to boot. Perfect timing.
The blog was on auto-pilot and I had nowhere to be and nothing to do but enjoy my husband and children and RE-focus on my Savior’s birth.
So, I leave you with a few pics from the quiver. I pray your Christmas was blessed…