Christmas Eve is finally here. The long, slow wait of Advent has led us to the big event. But, sometimes, the reality doesn’t always match the anticipation. Today, in whatever way you celebrate Christmas, simply remember that although we fuss in preparation for the event, we don’t prepare our hearts just for one day; the gift remains all year long.
“Consider the things that bring you joy; then do those things.” It’s great advice until you realize that it doesn’t take into account the whole picture. The good news is that joy is an inside job; it’s still ours for the taking regardless of what Christmas looks like on the outside.
My inner control freak learned a few Advent lessons this past week. It turns out that one key to managing expectations during the holiday season is “holding the reins loosely.” Do you feel like you’re hanging on as tight as you can, letting the season drag you along at warp speed? Maybe there’s something in here for you today?
It’s December, which means we tend to start racing the clock and the calendar to the finish line. Christmas Day. What if we simply paused each day of Advent to take a deep breath?
What would it look like to focus on preparing our hearts instead of our homes, and anticipating the Gift, instead of the gifts? Read on…