Last year, was a little bit better, since I wasn't working at the time, (Sadly, I had lost my job in September) and had more time to prepare. Unfortunately, the stress was still somewhat there because we did not having a lot of money to spend on gifts, holiday food, etc. But, it all worked out and we had a wonderful Christmas!
This year..... I can feel God's peace about it all and don't feel so stressed. I don't feel worried about... "How are we going to afford gifts for the girls??"... "What gifts am I going to get my mom & David's mom??"... "What am I going to get for my co-workers???" Normally, I am panicked about these kinds of things and it ruins the holiday for me.
I used to get caught up in all of the commercialism of the holiday. This year... I am more focused on the REAL reason for Christmas --- Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.
I want to listen to beautiful Christian holiday music.
I want to take part in all of the Christmas events at my church.
I want to make a birthday cake for Jesus like I did when my girls were little.
I want to do lots of things as a "family".
I love shopping during the month of December - believe it or not! - and seeing all of the beautiful holiday decorations! This year... I plan to take it all in and ENJOY it! I think I may even take my camera with me so that I can capture what I see, in photos.
Here are a few photos to share with you from our Chirstmas, that I love.
--- By the way... I have no idea WHY these words are highlighted and I can't figure out how to "unhighlight" them! -- Sorry!
I love Santa ornaments.
Here's one that my mom painted for me prior to her stroke in 2005.
Here's our table on Christmas day - 2008
This was last year (2009). It's funny... I'd forgotten that I had bought those Christmas placemats!! YAY!! They will go great with my tablescape plan for this year!!
(I forgot to take this picture BEFORE the food was on it! Oops!)