Welcome back!!! Many of you are buried up to your elbows in tissue paper, 13 lbs heavier, and contemplating what to do with the life-size stuffed pony that Aunt Beth thought would be so appropriate for your little cowboy – but we’re glad you’re back to checking out the Murray Crew!!!
In all seriousness, I hope this post-Christmas you aren’t experiencing the blues, but you are filled with a renewed love for Christ and His goodness. It’s so common to try to satisfy ourselves with things during this season, but things leave us empty. I read a great quote on my dear friend Gretchen’s blog a few weeks ago that I find appropriate today,
“Take the Christmas season, for instance. Every holiday I can be drawn to all things Christmassy–the shopping, buying gifts, wrapping presents, decorating the tree, baking holiday treats, attending parties and celebrations. Of course these things are not wrong in and of themselves. They can be delightful gifts from God. But I can be tempted to desire them more than the most important thing–regardless of the season: sitting at the Lord’s feet (Luke 10:38-41). And then I wonder why my heart feels so dull come December 26th. This holiday I don’t want my soul stuffed only with decorations, shopping, and Christmas cookies. I want to make every effort to drink deeply of God’s presence so my soul will be truly satisfied.” -Carolyn Mahaney
I encourage you to take some time to reflect on your Christmas and how you were able to celebrate the birth of our Savior. That’s why I saved my traditions post (well, that AND because it took me so long to narrow down my favorites). It’s not too early to plan for next year and it’s not too late to continue celebrating!!!!!
Here’s my Top 5 Favorite Christmas Traditions that YOU Shared!!!
1. I’ve heard others recommend only giving 3 presents to represent the 3 gifts brought to Jesus by the magi, but ahenfelters
had a great way of giving this idea even more meaning
Gold – a gift that is truly desired
Frankincense – a gift for the body (lotion, clothing, jewelry, etc.)
Myrrh – something to improve your spiritual walk
suggests after you’ve put the tree and decorations away for the year to leave out the basket of Christmas cards and pick a card each night to pray over the individual or family who sent the card.
3. A few of you suggested acting out the nativity or having your own Christmas Eve service if you can’t make it to your local church service. I think this is one we’ll have to incorporate in the near future – 6 people could make up a pretty good cast of sheperds, donkeys, wisemen, etc.
(and 2 other “delightful gifts”…..)
4. Many of you know how much I LOVE children’s books. Lori’s idea is to collect 24 Christmas/winter books from rummage sales,your local library, or your own collection to use as a nightly reading countdown for December.
5. Amy R made a tree skirt and puts her kids handprints on it each year, so they can look back each year and see how tiny their hands used to be. (Evidently Amy R is much more crafty than I, but it’s a great idea!)