Do you have your Holiday to-do list ready ... with those satisfying little checkboxes?
Do you have your shopping list mapped out by store ... and by gift recipient?
Do you have your 20% coupon for Kohl's in your wallet ... and their Night Owls and Early Bird hours sketched out?
Do you have all your ingredients sitting on the counter ready for cookies ... and and cutesy little tins for all your yummy goodies?
Do you have your bag of wrapping supplies ... tape, ribbon, wrapping paper, tissue paper, extra fingers?
Do you have your house fulling decorated, inside and out ... spruced and ready in case a photographer from Real Simple stops by?
Yeah ... me neither.
It's terribly tempting to take today to knock out any number of Getting-Ready-for-Christmas-Tasks. With Brett home (and the Broncos playing) I could easily tackle cleaning, make a few gift purchases and even work on my adorable snowflake garland that is stuffed in a folder and stuffed in my pantry. And maybe I could sneak upstairs and wrap a few items so our tree doesn't look so empty. And maybe just one batch of cookies ... and some chocolate dipped pretzels.
Uh-oh. See what happened there? My Sunday went from a day of resting and enjoying some family time to a day of frenetic, frantic, festive flurriness!
It's time to be still. Maybe this will help. Take just a few minutes, listen to this song and read along the words ... and be still.
Still, Still, Still
Instead, let's be still. Let's keep our eyes on the "Holy Star its vigil keeping". Let's keep our heart close to the manger and "our Savior's birth". Let's anticipate this "joyous day to come"! Let's each of us celebrate this Christmas in our own way ... the way that brings us each the most joy.
And remember to keep it simple. With plenty of time to be still and to sleep and to dream.
I'm off to take a nap.