This morning you woke up again in reality. The company is gone. The dishes might be done but the rest of the house looks like more people than normal were taking up space that is not usually occupied. Leftovers fill the fridge as you bask simultaneously in the thought of not cooking this week and having to eat the same thing every day for a week. The big kids are back at school. The little kids are wanting snacks and treats as they’ve grown surpringly used to eating too much in only one weekend. Those who work are off to work.
And the haze sets in. It’s like a holiday hangover. So many things to do to clean up from the last holiday. So many things to do to prepare for the next one. December is always so full of meetings and get-togethers. Some silly people decide it’s a good time to move. You turn another year older and celebrate. You try to pin down in-laws and out-of-town relatives for travel plans. Christmas pageant practices begin. Stores are crowded. Kids get extra junk food. It’s a whirlwhind. And then all of the sudden, it’s over. Another year, another holiday season, gone in an instant.
And at the same time, I’d be willing to bet that what you want is a simpler, less stressful holiday, while maintaing tradition and seeing family, but also focusing on the true meaning of the season – that God sent His perfect baby boy to live among us, to love us, and then to be sacrificed for sins He had never committed, then to raise from the dead and welcome us into life with Him in heaven forever.
So today, the dare is simple: Let’s share and encourage each other. What do you do to keep the holidays simple? What do you do to not be stressed? How do you grow traditions in your own family, while respecting the families both you and your husband come from?