I have just written out my “Before Christmas To Do List”. Hmm under 6 weeks to go and it is quite long.
There are the basic things like:
- Clean and tidy up the linen press;
- Clean the windows;
- Do some deep cleaning;
- Christmas baking;
- Make Christmas cards.
Then there are the bigger things that I would love to have done by then such as:
- Make curtains for bedrooms;
- Finish a couple of quilts;
and the most important thing is to make Christmas gifts but I won’t tell you what exactly in case my daughter reads this!!!!
I really think this will keep me busy, what with the general other day to day activities, such as washing, cooking and schooling.
Now I can forgo the deep cleaning (who looks behind cupboards when they visit anyway) and I can leave the curtains until the New Year, but the Christmas gifts are quite important. But though they may be good gifts they will never compare to the greatest gift, which is good and perfect.
James 1:16-17 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Nothing I do or make will ever compare to the good and perfect gift that comes from God.
The lead up to Christmas can be so full on and busy, what with all we have to do and cook and make and Christmas get togethers with friends we tend to forget what it is all about.
It isn’t about all that stuff, it is about preparing ourselves and our hearts for Jesus. We always say we don’t just remember Jesus’ birth at Christmas, that we should remember it all year long, and we endeavour to do so. Teaching the children about Him and all He has done and will do for us, but the Christmas period is especially poignant and allows us that one special day when we focus on the birth of Christ.
So during the lead up to Christmas we can still strive to fit everything in and I will still try to make all the gifts good and perfect (although they will always fall short) . I want to work hard to get everything on my list done, but I don’t want to forget the real reason that we celebrate Christmas.
I want each gift that I have made, make the person receiving it feel special, to feel loved, just as I feel loved with the gift of Jesus that God gave to me and the gift of eternal life.
NOW THAT IS THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL
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