Blessings in disguise


We had such a relaxed day yesterday that it doesn’t even seem like yesterday was Christmas Day. This Christmas was very different for us: waiting for repairs in our home (they will start work in the kitchen next week), Karl and Benjamin have not been 100% well, putting rooms back in order, Karl did a lot of traveling for work, etc. Because of those things it took me a while to get with the whole Christmas program, go shopping, pull out our tree, decorate the house, etc. Though Hannah couldn’t really appreciate why I wasn’t hanging lights and garland everywhere, circumstances dictated that I keep the frenzy to a minimum. I’m not saying that lights=frenzy. There were just so many other things I HAD to do. Also, I was considering how long I would have to put it all away before the plumbers tear up my kitchen.

Karl must have been feeling a little spontaneous Monday night. On a whim, he decided that we would do our gift-opening on Christmas Eve. Karl and I realized yesterday that that simple decision did wonders for our Christmas Day. Our morning was not rushed. The kids were not impatient with our family devotion time. Our day was more about Jesus’ birth and spending time together than what was hiding under the tree. We spent most of the day with Karl’s parents, enjoying food and discussion, and watching The Nativity Story.

Last night, as we were on our way home from visiting with Karl’s parents, Karl asked us all to share our favorite things about this Christmas. I enjoyed listening to our children talk about playing with their cousins over the weekend, riding their bikes, and having a feeling of surprise for three days. (Isn’t that one of the things we love about Christmas anyway? Just the feeling of suspense and surprise when we open gifts? I think that’s why many are so let down after it’s over–that good feeling is gone). As parents, our favorite part was watching the faces of our children as they opened their gifts.

All the circumstances that I thought would make this Christmas less than stellar actually served to make it one of the best.

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