I hope this is a bit of encouragement for those of you who are like me. You see, the Christmas season just started and I’m already behind! Let me explain. At Christmas, more so than other times of year, visions of Pinterest dance in my head. There are so many great ideas. Since Christmas comes just once a year, I want to do them all! I get so caught up looking at the ideas, that it’s hard to move past the dreaming stage into the planning phase.
That, my friends, is how we arrived last night, December 3rd, at what should have been our 3rd day of special advent stories and ornament making. Instead, I was hearing cries of, “Aren’t we a day behind in this book?” and “Are we finally going to get to make an ornament today?” I had PROMISED that this was going to be the day we would start the ornaments. So, just 30 minutes before bedtime, I was racking my brain, looking through craft supplies, trying to figure out how to pull this first ornament together.
But where I fail, God pulls through. Click To TweetBut where I fail, God pulls through. The Christmas story isn’t about me. It’s about Jesus. So as we read Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas, that is truly what happened. I began to see that this was really a story for the whole world. So we quickly found some simple globe ornaments and just whipped out some cardstock. The simplicity of the ornaments may not have been exactly what I had in mind. They are definitely not what I would have picked if I had planned ahead. Right there in that teachable moment, these ornaments were just perfect for my children’s hearts, to drive the story of Christmas home to them.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 NLT
Aside from the spiritual meaning, we even got to pull out the globe and learn about geography. Most of the globe images we see show our side of the world. We turned the globe around and looked at the part of the Earth where it all started taking shape.
Another lesson for the heart was when my son became frustrated because he couldn’t draw the perfect shape of Africa. I pulled up images of Picasso’s work. We talked about how art isn’t about capturing a photographic image. There are no mistakes in art! There are no mistakes in art! Click To Tweet
In the end, it was the perfect beginning to our ornament making. We have sweet ornaments to hang on our trees. Even if they end up in a box of ornaments my kids don’t want some day, they will always be special to me. The lessons we learned will be in their hearts.
It’s okay to be behind with your Advent celebrations. Just don’t let that stop you from celebrating the reason for the season. The Truth in the Tinsel even plans ahead for interruptions with alternative calendars included. Whatever you choose to do, do it with your heart. Be willing to make something simple into a memory that will live forever in little hearts. Happy Advent!
Do you plan too much at Christmas? Are you already behind?