Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is racing toward me at full speed.
My tree is not up. The shopping isn't finished. The menu isn't planned. I don't have one light on the house and I am not totally sure where all my decorations landed since our move from NY to FL in July.
And have I mentioned that our tenth child will arrive three days after Christmas?
I love Christmas tradition. Every year since we left Memphis, we've had a big open house on Christmas Eve with dozens of friends passing through. We buy two spiral sliced hams with all the trimmings, light up the house and throw the front door open. This year, though, Christmas Eve will be very quiet since I am very pregnant--not to mention very old (for having a baby). More than once I have started to invite a few close friends over, but then I stop myself. This year, I know better.
This Christmas we will keep it simple. The tree goes up next weekend--just one week before Christmas--and will likely come down the day after Christmas. I might have to finish up the shopping with gift cards. We will use paper plates for dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Captain Fun will read the Christmas story from the book of Luke, then we will sing Christmas carols ending with oldest daughter Bethany's beautiful rendition of O Holy Night--a family tradition. Or I could be in the hospital.
Either way, simplicity is an absolute must this year. But I am learning there is something to be said about keeping Christmas simple: the focus stays where it belongs. Not on gifts or decorations or the food with elaborate table settings. Nothing wrong with all of that. I love it, in fact. But it won't be prevalent at our house this Christmas.
This year, the Sims family will gather, read, sing, listen to the Christmas story, and focus on what the season is really all about: CHRISTmas: the day that God sent his son to earth to save us.
If that kind of Christmas isn't good enough, nothing is.
"For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a savior who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11