Gifts from Christmas 2017-My Takeaways
Gifts and Lessons, Small, Funny & Spiritual
Every holiday season comes with its surprises, gifts, and lessons. Best advice, take it easy and as they say, don’t sweat the small stuff. If you can do this, you will come out the other side richer and happier!
Here are a few of my Christmas 2017 takeaways:
- Say No to Stress. Say Yes to Engagement Don’t let the hustle, bustle and crazy of the holiday season create stress and distraction. Engage with what’s going on around you, inside of you and with the loved ones you are with! I enjoyed the challenge of overcoming this one. I felt like a winner, winner turkey dinner because I just didn’t let it have its way.
- Search for the Hidden Presents During the holidays, you celebrate the general meaning of the season together. Dig a little deeper! Search out that message packed away like a present with your name on it, ready to be unwrapped! I entered Christmas week with expectation, looking for my personalized message. Christmas this year seemed geared towards what it is to be a mother. I thought about Mary and the unexpected surprise that she would carry and birth a baby, and mother a child- the Son of God no less. Mary was blessed but she also suffered under that announcement. Mary had to come to grips with the calling and challenge it would bring to her life. She faced many unexpected and painful lessons on that 33-year journey that ended in the death of the child she birthed. So, on Christmas morning when I woke up to watch the sunrise and the verse rolled through my mind: For unto us, a child is born. Unto us, a son is given. …..and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. I had a thought that stuck with me all day. This was a mama that just birthed a baby, for crying out loud! Babies don’t always sleep, they teethe and need changing and feeding at all hours. Baby Jesus rocked her world. This King in infant form made many things uncomfortable on the way to becoming everything He was destined to be. I felt comforted in my journey as a mother as I too still “await the great” in my children’s lives. I choose to do this in faith as Mary did.
- Sometimes it’s true- Less is More Christmas 2017 was more focused on the gifts of experiences together rather than presents under the tree. This year, we decided to take our kids on their first cruise as their primary gift. Since weren’t leaving until January, we still wanted them to enjoy gift giving on Christmas morning. So we helped the kids shop for each other as a way to get their love on:) Best part, watching them give to each other with anticipation and thoughtfulness. That was a total score!
- A Vitamix and Egg Whites cannot make Stiff Peaks In case you ever wonder and you realize your hand mixer is packed away in a box somewhere while your homemade banana pudding sits naked ready to be meringued. A Vitamix and egg whites stiff peaks does not make! A ditch effort on my part for sure….and some person on google said it worked for them. It must have been their Christmas miracle -it sure wasn’t mine:)
- Half and Half cannot make Whipped Cream All the stores on Christmas Day were closed, what could I lose but try one last science experiment. In hopes to appropriately top my banana pudding, I gave it my best shot. Despite another Christmas miracle, someone gave testimony of on Google, half and half did not whip into whipped cream (for me) no matter how long the mixer mixed. There, now we know. Turns out, old-fashioned banana pudding tastes just as sinfully good without topping anyway.
- The More the Merrier even if it’s Messy That’s the motto we went with on Christmas Day when our 16-year-old son invited 3 similarly strapping and hungry teenage boys to our Christmas meal. Originally we prepared for 7 bodies, naked banana pudding and all. The Good News: we shared our crazy family experience with more humans and no one went away hungry
- When the Going Gets Tough Go to the Beach So morning Monkey Bread was devoured, gifts and wrap was strewn violently about the house and bellies, plus extra bellies were stuffed and satisfied. There was just one problem really. No one wanted to agree on our Christmas Day movie excursion (part of our “experiences” plan:). One child didn’t want to go, two others wanted the girl movie and the rest of us were heading to Star Wars. I mean, the whole point was being together and it seemed only to put us at odds. So after carefully evaluating: parental exhaustion + mood = BEACH. Shae and I left the crowd who really just wanted to play with their toys anyway and took respite. We seized a sunset moment at the beach. It couldn’t have been a better ending to Christmas Day 2017. Breathing in the ocean air and taking inventory of all our gifts and presents- leaving us thankful for all the different shapes and sizes all having their part in an Adams Family, Very Merry Christmas.