Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas busyness

Tonight on the longggg commute home through the ice and snow (double the commute to about an hour and a half), I was mulling over all of the Christmas busyness I've been feeling. I had a busy, but good weekend, and this coming weekend looks to include lots of shopping and errand-running. But I don't want to be so distracted or crazed that I just sort of breeze past the real meaning of the season... Jesus Christ's birth.

Luke 2:1-7 says, "In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn."

As we reflect on this season of Advent and the birth of Christ, let's remember the baby in a manager... and that all our crazy stuff isn't really a big deal.

On that topic... I decided this year to purchase Christmas cards that reflected this season of celebrating Christ. But I wish I'd gotten one with an even more direct message of the gospel. I just really liked the look of this one and the meaning behind the words and the hands reaching down.
Here's a picture of the cover:

I know someone who also handmade her cards this year, which I simply love! I wish I had the time and motivation to do that! I know I have the talent to do it, I just don't make the time for crafty things usually anymore. I haven't even been scrapbooking wholeheartedly for well over a year. My time and energy is just not what it used to be. It saddens me to say that given that I'm only 30, not 60 or 70 where it'd make sense to say I'm always tired! I know the fibro prohibits me from certain things, but still at this age I feel I SHOULD be able to do the things I want to! It's just so frustrating and discouraging sometimes.

I hope to post pictures and details soon of this past weekend, but alas it is time for me to go yet again. I'm just too tired to keep typing.

1 comment:

Christina said...

I've noticed how quickly this time goes by and when I was watching A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV last night I thought about how I (like Charlie Brown and his friends) haven't taken the time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Every year before Christmas I always tell myself that I will not get caught up in the crazyness and that this year I will enjoy every moment of Christmas and its true meaning but I always get caught up in the holiday commercialism!

P.S. I like your Christmas cards.