I write this carefully, hoping you will be able to look past us and see Him...please do.
We have been rethinking Christmas here, wondering about doing it differently. We aren't searching for a perfect Christmas, longing for a nostalgic event that never quite seems to be, nor are we searching for more a religious Christmas, attempting to do the holiday "right" in some legalistic adherence to tradition and liturgy.
We are looking for ways to turn our hearts heavenward, to remember. With three little ones watching, learning always, doing Christmas as we always have, just because, doesn't work anymore. And so, we are wondering and thinking and those little ones keep watching and asking, and we are hoping to understand what it looks like to answer questions like, if Christmas celebrates Jesus' birthday, how come the presents under the tree are for us?
You won't notice a big difference walking in our door this year. Candles line window sills, fresh fir branches are wreathed on the table and piano, and the tree, bedecked with Jesse Tree ornaments, sparkles. But the packages under the tree? They are the gifts to Jesus, the reason for this celebration. What fun it was to wonder aloud with the children, "What would Jesus want for His birthday?" And you know, one of them actually understood. He pored through the catalogs and came to me with his tally. We needed $69 to spend. And how? Under our tree you will find boxes, carefully wrapped, reading Feed a Hungry Baby for a Week (Samaritan's Purse) and Christmas Care Pack for a Child in Vietnam (Voice of the Martyrs), and they rattle with change from the piggy bank of a 7 year old who is beginning to understand.
And so, we are looking for Christmas, hoping that as we seek Him, we will remember how His heart beats. For an inspiring read, please visit the post at this link. You will be blessed and challenged, and if you are looking for a fresh way to see this season advent, The Glorious Coming -- a Jesse Tree Advent Celebration, is a beautiful perspective on this counting down to Him.