When I contacted Sheri Graham about writing the 12 week series for the Holiday Planner, entitled Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas, I knew Christmas was going to be a bit crazy since I was due with baby #9 on December 22; however, what I didn’t know was that I would also be moving right before Thanksgiving!
Life got messy.
Here we are 3 weeks from Christmas, and I still have boxes to unpack, and the items I’ve managed to unpack already don’t all have homes. My kitchen is only semi-operational. My bedroom is a mess. We just got all of the clothes out of suitcases, and I keep finding boxes marked “Books” with no place to put them!
Oh, and having a baby…yeah, that’s still on the To Do List as well! (I really hope I find all the baby stuff in the next couple of weeks!)
It’s almost as if my Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas series is mocking me.
But, the truth of the matter is, this year, perhaps more than any other year, I NEED to try to have a peaceful Christmas. Actually, let me rephrase that…
I need to be AT PEACE this Christmas.
That’s what the 12 Week Holiday Planner has always been for me – the anchor that keeps me from stressing. In fact, even now when life is almost completely upside-down, and we aren’t even sure when we’ll be celebrating Christmas, I still have a sense of peace because I’ve done what I can.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a Christmas letter in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep. I made my lists for each child, and utilized WishBin. We decorated the tree for Christmas and had our party, but not on the grand scale we usually do. We are taking things slow and trying not to rush despite the fact that everything feels like it is rushing around us.
Is it perfect? No.
But, it doesn’t change the fact that what we are celebrating is perfect.
Do you think Mary had planned things the way they turned out?
Do you think it all seemed perfect from the outside looking in?
Did any of it make sense at the time?
Yet, there was peace.
It was the peace that passes all understanding. It was the peace that comes from knowing that despite the chaos around you, you have the assurance that all is just the way it is supposed to be. It is the peace that we have today, knowing that it isn’t about the presents or the crafts or the perfection, but rather about a tiny baby born to save the world from itself.
My life is messy.