As we kick off the first of the 25 days until Christmas, I want to welcome you to pull up a chair, enjoy the fire, and make yourself at home. I'm linking up with a few other bloggers also celebrating THE 25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS (take a peek at the bottom of the post and click over and visit them!). Here at Graceful Abandon, we are celebrating 25 Days of Christmas: Home for the Holidays. I'm a homemaker and homeschooler. Quite simply, I love being home with my family. And this holiday, I am all about making the holiday special at home. We aren't going to get side tracked by mis-defining Christmas; we're keeping our focus!
With the holiday season already upon us, I've had my hands full trying to juggle life and the seasonal extras. One thing I did today was sit down and think about the vision I have for our home. And then I looked at my "to do" list and the activities we have set before us. Any of them that don't line up with our family vision ... have to GO. There's just no room for all those good things -- because they are hindering the best things. And if we get overly committed, all that happens is stress abounds. I find it liberates me to know what my vision and to not add things that aren't in line with our vision or to remove from our lives things that just don't fit with it (without guilt!).
As the mom, I have an important role. I set the mood for the house each day, I choose the tempo by which we live, and I impact just about every part of every day for all the members in our family. We all know that if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy ... right? But flip that around. If momma is blessed and joyful, won't everyone else be more inclined to walk in blessing and joy? If momma is tranquil and sweet, won't that rub off, too?
I don't want my husband or children to feel rushed or stressed or like they have to do something to enjoy this holiday season. I simply want us to live joyfully as we celebrate Christ's birth. Even if I have to rush around a little while they are sleeping or otherwise occupied, I'm not going be stressed. We are going to focus on the important things: God, family, others. It's not about decorations, shopping, gifts, or keeping up with everyone else. It's about being together, loving one another, and celebrating Jesus. That's my vision.