Do you know what comes up when you Google "How to fight greed at Christmas time"?
The top results are all about how to help your kids fight greed during Christmas. That's all well and good, trust me--no hates being around ungrateful kids like I do. For those adults who may or may not get caught up in the wrong Christmas spirit....there's not so much. Not that I would know about that first hand.
Okay. I know about it first hand. I have a passion for aesthetic....which easily morphs into a passion for....stuff.
I'm sure none of you even know what that's like. You're probably the type that's all "Yea, we aren't doing presents. I just don't need more stuff in my life." We get it, you're better than us. JK....but seriously you are better than me.
I may or may not have found myself in the adult version of a toddler tantrum when I was talking to my husband about what I wanted for Christmas and how badly I needed him to pay attention and plan accordingly. It was an ugly moment. This year it was a pair of shoes that really sent me over the edge. Last year it was teacher gifts. In years past it was the house decor or the Christmas Eve outfits. There's always something. I'm sure the ghost of Christmas Future would show me a hissy fit over a special Christmas meal or outing or other some such commercial product with which I will set all my expectations.
This is a place where I tend to share the ugly moments, especially when I have a sneaking suspicion that maybe I'm not alone. I try to write this blog with honesty and hope. Most of the time I give a take away that really has hands and feet, something helpful and substantial. Today...I got nothin' except that in the wake of my tantrum I felt so disgusting all I could do was repent and ask for the Holy Spirit's help.
So if you're one of those adults....the kind who really always "needs" more stuff, or "needs" to get the best teacher gift, or "needs" to have the most beautiful holiday house...say it with me now. (I might have forced my kids to also pray this prayer this morning when they couldn't stop acting like little punks to each other.)
God, please take my bad attitude and give me your peace and joy. I need your help. Amen.
(Hand gestures of giving and taking old/new attitudes optional, but recommended.)
It really can be that simple if you humble yourself and keep coming back to the Gospel truth that God is doing a work in you that only he can bring to completion. *Bonus if you go listen to the wonderful sermon one of our pastor's preached this weekend.
And now...a look at #reallife Christmas.
What you'll see here is a giant Christmas tree fail. I don't know what we did wrong, but this bad boy is a goner (literally it's so dry and brittle that with two more weeks to go we are buying a new tree today) and yes we watered it! This is what a tree would look like if Charlie Brown and Dr. Suess collaborated. Next is my favorite little corner, I'm not gonna lie I think it's real cute. Also, thanks to Trader Joe's our family made a gingerbread house that is actually holding up really well! And then there's the nutcrackers. As a kid I collected them and now I don't know what to do with all of them so I just put a slice of wood under a bunch of them and called it done...any styling help welcome. Finally--if you haven't seen Four Christmases I don't even know what you are doing with your life. Go watch it and then you will understand why we wrote the word "mistletoe" as a banner over our home during the holidays.