Finding Your Sacred Christmas Space

Dear friends,

I am wanting to encourage you to find your white spaces, your sacred spaces during this Christmas season.  I listened to Ann Voskamp recently and she talked about looking at your calendar and trying not to fill it all out with things, events, to dos.  Hard? Yes! But we need to do it, gals.

One way I have down this is to simplify the Christmas Tree at my house. Check it out.

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My loverly tree

One of the boys suggested this thought of just having a flocked tree and twinkle lights, and I loved the idea!  Fresh.  Beautiful.  And oh, so simple.  I didn’t have to unpack the boxes of ornaments and then repack them and hang the ornaments  and look for the little hangers. Where are those hangers?  Here they are… Etc. etc. etc.

Some of you might be asking, really no ornaments?  What about all the little special and memorable ornaments- aren’t you going to miss them?  Well, yes and no.  I am going to miss them a little, but  I am excited about next year getting them all out again.  Saying hello to all their cuteness and memories.  And I loved the time I won back with not having to unpack and unwrap all of our collection.  I am feeling  peace as I relax and stare at my tree.    And the tree looks Faboo.  Sparkly and white and simple. Love it.  What a great sursee for the season.

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Ahhh, peace

What can you do this season to revel in silence?   To remember the birth of our Lord.  To sit and be still as you ponder anew the beauty of the Christmas story.

The world says get out there and buy and wrap and do one more thing until we are all exhausted.  Let’s encourage one another to rest and find peaceful moments in the crazy fun. Because it is all fun, but we need those sacred spaces, don’t we?

The Lord gave us folks here in Dallas a really great  white, sacred space what with our icy blast form the north and the shutdown of our fair city.

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It is exactly what I needed to sloooooow doooooown and sit a spell.  We sat by the fire and visited with neighbors and friends.  It was so nice to have nowhere to go as everything got cancelled.  Loved it.  Right smack dab in the middle of the craziness, I was able to give myself permission to stop.  And sit.  And sit some more.

So dear gentle reader, I give you permission to sit and be still. To gather in front of your decorated or undecorated tree and stare and ponder anew the miracle of God becoming man and coming as a tiny little baby.  I give you permission to take a nap or two.  And I will do the same.IMG_3517

Comments

  1. Love the idea of NOT decorating the tree! Mine is a terrible little one from Craigslist so it actually does need all the help it can get. 🙂 Maybe someday.

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