holding on to Christmas

I tested positive for Covid-19 on the first day of Christmas break. This meant that all my last-minute plans for sharing baked goods with neighbors and picking up the last few gifts came to a screeching halt. I had to stay home. There wasn’t a thing I could do about it.

Though I was disappointed about not being able to see extended family on Christmas day, I did get to hang out with the people who live with me, and I was thankful for them in a new way. As much of an introvert as I am, I can’t imagine spending ten days alone, especially when one of them is a major holiday.

I wasn’t that ill, but I did have less energy. I focused on being present in the moment and being okay with adjustments to the plan. The boys decorated the tree by themselves. Staying home for Christmas made things simple, unrushed. I could be still. I could reflect.

The Sunday after Christmas, we logged in for a service online and were challenged to reflect on what we learned this Christmas that we wanted to hold on to for the coming 12 months. The pastor suggested that when we pack up the Christmas decorations, we keep out one item to serve as a visual reminder of what part of Christmas we want to keep in the forefront all year.

I grabbed this stuffed star ornament off the tree before my sons took the rest of the decorations off, and I hung it up where I can see it everyday when I’m doing dishes. It’s a reminder that even when things don’t go as I’d planned, I can still choose joy. I can view the perceived interruptions as blessings, as reasons to slow down, as opportunities to be thankful.

One thought on “holding on to Christmas

  1. Chose joy! What a perfect reminder for each of us. Your family had special time together and you had time to remember the mercy and grace of our wonderful God. Oh that we could all slow down more in this busyness that seems to force us to do more. Thank you Anita!

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