Thursday, December 22, 2011
The Simple Joy of a Gracious Southern Christmas
"May you enjoy the simple joy of a gracious southern Christmas."
When I first read it, I was struck by two different thoughts. The first thought was about the SIMPLE joy. Too often, Christmas becomes crazy and anything but simple. I like a simple Christmas. Actually, I like a simple holiday season. Your definition of simple and mine may be quite different. I find it pleasurable and simple to putter in the kitchen making holiday candy with my daughter. You may find that task deplorable and stressful. You may enjoy knitting or sewing. I would rather go to the dentist than to sew anything! It is up to each of us to find the balance between a simple Christmas and the responsibilities that come with the holiday season.
The second thing that caught my attention with the above quote was the "gracious southern Christmas." I know what that looks like in the magazines. I also know what that looks like on t.v. But what does that look like for me in real life? First, I want my house in order. It doesn't have to be spotless, but it does have to be clean. I enjoy burning candles in the evening and watching the Christmas lights twinkle. I enjoy gathering with my kids and watching Christmas shows on t.v. I enjoy cooking big meals and baking goodies. I enjoy spending time with my kids and their friends around the dinner table. I enjoy being with my husband. A gracious southern Christmas isn't one of perfectionism, but one that enjoys each and every moment of the holiday season.
grace and peace,