Christmas is in five days, carols are playing ’round the clock on the radio, lights are twinkling throughout my neighborhood, the smell of pine is in the air, and the love of Christ is filling homes and hearts across the world. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
This weekend, Dillon and I realized that busyness is not the mode of operation we want to mark our holidays with. Our Sunday was full. We had a Christmas recital, caroling party, and student ministry party all within a six-hour span. We hadn’t planned for the day to be so full and I quickly noticed that stress could wedge its way in and rob us of joyfulness if we weren’t careful. Instead of letting the day ‘happen’ to us, I decided to infuse our day with novelty and festivity and use it as an opportunity to make a memory together instead.
As Dillon finished up some work after service, I went to Target and purchased two Santa hats, some Christmas sweet treats, a fun seltzer (our favorite!), festive hats, and a box of candy canes. As we drove to each activity, we played Christmas carols and used our driving time to have ‘Christmas in the car’. Y’all, if you have a crazy schedule at any point in the next five days, do this. It cost about twelve dollars and it gave us a new tradition that we plan to use each year on the busiest day of the holiday season. Establishing this little tradition challenged me to think of other ways to turn otherwise stressful parts of the season into fun memories instead. I don’t have any pictures from our car party because we were enjoying the moment with each other and my phone was tucked away, but I want to share the idea with you because it was such a blessing to us. Sometimes the simple spontaneous things are the loveliest things and I’m excited to put that to good use!