Trading my ashes for beauty….that He might be glorified.
Currently: December 2022
The first Wednesday in December and time for a “currently” post. “Currently” it is the holiday season and all the feels, energy and, yes, the busyness of the season are in full swing. I typically do not have a December calendar packed with plans, activities, and/or responsibilities, but truthfully you can just feel that energy everywhere and from everyone. It is actually rather fun here at the beginning of the month but I can get caught up in everyone else’s excitement….and stress. I have to remember to pause, create some quiet, and enjoy some silent nights. I’m grateful for this season of life that allows me to do just that.
Christmas is finally on display at my house. I really was dragging my feet (and my holly jolly) this year, but everything looking festive makes me feel – well, more festive! I’ll never be Buddy the Elf but I am enjoying things “currently” around here. So, let’s press on with today’s post. Here is what I am currently loving, gifting, wrapping, hoping, and attending.
LOVING – the fun we are having while preparing for the Junior Church Christmas program. The children have really stepped up in memorizing their verses and/or speaking parts, and they are so excited to be dressing up as shepherds! I was not sure what to expect about costumes and even a small set design but I think it is going to be cute – and a sweet blessing.
GIFTING – is a touchy subject for me. At least, with my family. All four of us have very different – and very strong! – opinions about gifting during the holidays. Each year it becomes a matter of contention…. which is rather sad actually. Not to rehearse it all here but I am firmly in the “enjoy experiences” camp of gifting. A perfect Christmas morning (if there is such a thing) would not include small mountains of discarded paper, bows or other embellishments. I just want to enjoy being with my favorite people. And they enjoy being with me…..they just want gifts to open as well. Sigh. Let’s move on……..
WRAPPING – well, not much. My husband does most (just about all) of the wrapping around here. I add the aforementioned embellishments:) Every year, we are determined to wrap as we purchase. This year, like every other year, that has not happened. I’m not sure we have wrapped the first gift yet. Oh boy.
HOPING – this will be the last year of purchased gifts for my family. That was totally redundant and a pitiful attempt to “get the last word” but, then again, it is my blog!:) I am also hoping my brother can visit his family for Christmas, that there will be no snow until at least January (maybe February), and that I can maintain some sense of self-control around all the Christmas goodies. We are only six days into the month and the delicious, sugary temptation has been everywhere!
ATTENDING – a few Christmas activities. We had our ladies’ Christmas party at church last weekend. There will be one at Bible study next week as well as our church Christmas lunch. And….well, you get the idea. So much food!:) I am looking forward to attending the Nutcracker with my brother next weekend. He is one person that enjoys “experiences” and we try to do something special for Christmas as well as our birthdays. We always have such nice evenings together.
So, what will you be attending in the next few weeks? Have you ever seen the Nutcracker? And have you finished your wrapping? Who is the wrapper in your family? I love your comments! The rest of my week looks busy as we will have company. I might be slow in visiting blogs – but I will get there and am always blessed by your visits. The rest of the Currently posts can be found on Jen’s blog here. Enjoy!
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