It’s the day before Christmas!!
Ahh!!! Last minute gifts to buy, a trip to the grocery store to pick up items for those dishes and desserts you still have to make, presents to wrap, parties to attend……..all that hustling and bustling doesn’t sound like joy to me; that sounds like a load of stress. Is that what Christmas has become?
We often get lost in the rush around Christmas and fail to enjoy the simple joys associated with Christmas. Christmas isn’t about getting presents. Christmas should be a time that’s spent being with our family, sharing quality time with those we love; those that perhaps we don’t get to see that often, making others smile, helping those less fortunate.
Our last few days at school before Christmas break, we did a Christmas play for the kids. It was simple, but it made the kids faces light up and bellies hurt from laughter. You can enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas as well; it’s pretty funny!! (Two of the staff members acted out the 12 Days of Christmas, copying the link above but the audio wasn’t the best so I’m sharing the video that inspired the act instead.) I dressed up as Cindy Lou Who to emcee the event and another staff member dressed as Gayla Peavy for her performance of I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.
We also collected gifts, clothes, and stockings for the kids who would otherwise not have a Christmas at all.
Christmas doesn’t have to be a stress-filled time of the year, but it seems as though that’s exactly what it’s become. This year, slow down! Put on some Christmas music as you wrap your children’s’ presents, or as you’re baking goodies. Include your kids in making Christmas cookies or cupcakes. Smile! Rejoice in the blessings you have. 🙂
Merry Christmas to all!