It's nearly 8 am but our cozy, messy, house is completely quiet except for the purring of the refrigerator. Several exciting days in a row plus several late nights in a row have put my children in a late morning coma. My husband has already left for work. I felt extra-ordinarily blessed this year to have him home Christmas eve and Christmas day. In his line of work the calls don't stop coming in just for a holiday. The farmers and cows that feed America can not take a break, therefore the Service Tech must always be on duty.
I don't know how it is at your house, but in our home Christmas starts the weekend after Thanksgiving. We pull out the box of lights and decorations. The kids get all excited as the house turns into a sparkly wonderland. We go pick out a tree, we bake hundreds of cookies and make countless trips to town for baking candy, extra ornaments, just one more string of lights, stocking stuffers, a gift for the neighbor kid. We watch movies and pray for snow. This year was a bit different. The movies and snow part, that was the same. But all the hustle and bustle was cut to a fraction as this pregnant mama gagged her way through shopping, baking and ornament hanging. This year was simple. Daddy brought home the tree. The kids decorated it. ( Pete said it was the best looking tree we ever had) I made just 2 batches of cookies. Shopping was done online. It was, well, peaceful.
I discovered I liked it this way. Calm and peaceful. After all, isn't the message of the birth of Jesus about Peace On Earth? And honestly, this has been one of my favorite Christmases! Grandpa surprised us with a visit Christmas eve and got to help open all the gifts. The kids played till long after bedtime. Sunday morning was easy going with a yummy breakfast then off to Church to fellowship with some of our favorite people. I love dressing up and going away once in awhile. The children nearly fell asleep during the service. We came home and ate a feast that my husband so lovingly prepared. It was such a warm day Pete went fishing while the rest of us took naps. Oh, and it's not over. Tonight friends are coming for Christmas dinner leftovers and to build a ginger bread train. Thursday we head out of state to visit family for the weekend. There are things to do and places to go. But I want to hold onto the message of peace this year. I want to carry it in my heart the whole year. I want to teach it to my children. I want to embody it to my husband. I want to be an example of it to my friends.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my friends. May His peace rest on you throughout this coming year! Love-Aud