Worship Fully: Didn’t make it to corporate worship this morning – sniffles, aches, and sleepyheads. But I tried to slow down the day, not engage in the hustle and bustle of being at home (laundry, cleaning, etc.). The tree was decorated, manger scenes played with, and some cleaning happened, but that was during quiet time, so it doesn’t count, right? 🙂
Spend Less: Like I said, I was going to spend less time doing the things I feel *need* to get done. Normally I would dive into the laundry with the air of martyrdom about me while everyone else rested. Instead, I sat. I sat with a baby on my lap and looked at the tree. In the evening Jason asked if he could help start laundry: who am I to say no? 🙂
Give More: Today I gave more thought as to why we give at all. At lunch time while reading a Parenting Magazine I came across a section explaining brief synopsis to give to kids about the variety of holidays occurring this time of year. The Christmas explanation stated that we give presents in remembrance of the magi who gave gifts to the Baby Jesus. For some odd reason I’ve never made that connection. I would say something about St. Nick giving gifts and celebration of Christ’s birth, but I never tied it to the Magi.
Which got me thinking: if it’s in remembrance of that event, then the whole Christmas holiday is really mucked up! Obviously. But really: if we’re going to be like the magi, we should be giving gifts to Christ, not each other. True, I could use a Quaker principle as a cop-out, “But I’m giving to that of Christ in others!” 🙂 But how is giving a DVD player to another person honoring the birth of the Christ child? Yes, the magi’s gifts were extremely costly, so we need to spend ourselves into debt? OR we give of something that’s truly costly to us. For myself: it’s my quiet time – I *love* to be by myself, to think and write and read and be. To give that time to my kids, to do something they want to do whether I find it a good use of time or not, that is costly to me. And I think that might be honoring of Christ …. Just some interesting thoughts.
Love All: I don’t know that I loved all today, but I certainly felt loved by my family. I’ve been feeling under the weather, and my husband took care of the kids this morning. He held the baby when she cried, he front-packed her while sorting through gobs of laundry, and he asked repeatedly how he could help today. My sons gave me lots of hugs, cuddles, and made all sorts of appropriate yummy noises when I made them hot (lukewarm) cocoa with marshmallows and candy cane bits. And my daughter made all sorts of gummy smiley faces at me. I am truly blessed by these people in the small things and the big things.