Christmas Delivery, Guaranteed

Christmas Delivery, Guaranteed

The other night, I sat before the Christmas tree for a moment of quiet before bedtime. The kids were snug in their beds,  and my husband was off letting the dog out and locking up.

I had a moment to think. And, this is what I thought. My mind scrolled through lists of things I had done that I wanted to do differently, and that I hadn’t gotten around to doing that I wanted to… But, I thought:

It’s too late.

Then, the absurdity of saying something is too late for Christmas struck me.

Surely, there are many things it’s already too late for, when it comes to little-c christmas {you know, the variety most of spend our December days bowing down to}.

But, friend, when it comes to the holy, God-conceived, glorious, Savior-variety Christmas, it is never too late. Ever. Not in December, not in January, not in June.

The real Christmas doesn’t depend on our perfect performance of a set of arbitrary tasks we’ve come to associate with little c-christmas {but that have very little to do with what happened in a stable in Bethlehem}.

Rather, capital-C Christmas depends only, beautifully, simply, on our imperfect acceptance of His perfect gift.

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  1. Oh, Elizabeth, thank you for these words today. I needed to read them. To absorb them. I am struggling today. I feel inadequate. One of my children is struggling with entitlement and I am not sure of the words I need to say. I am taking deep breaths and whispering prayers. As I try to teach him about gratefulness and selfless giving, he is fixated on receiving. There is so much left to do. The little c christmas will pass soon enough. But the big C Christmas – it engulfs my spirit and burns in my mind. It is solid. It is waiting for me to catch up….

  2. We celebrate the holiday season very simply, and I can remember back when I used to make myself crazy, both emotionally and financially, trying to get the perfect thing for everyone. I wouldn’t go back to those days for anything!

    As a matter of fact, I took myself out to breakfast the other day, and there was a guy going on angrily in the next booth about his family’s failings at Christmas. (Yes, I am an inveterate eavesdropper. I admit it.) Anyway, he was complaining that some relatives weren’t buying presents for everyone, and he said something along the lines of, “look, I spent $2300 on Christmas last year and I don’t think that’s unreasonable. Who can’t do that?” I just boggled. Wow, buddy, you’ve got the wrong end of the stick there, I thought to myself.

    Anyway, I’m glad you had a moment of peace! In a moment of insanity yesterday I decided to make my DIL some crossstitch ornaments before she visits on Sunday, which will make the next two days a little crazier than they should be. Oh, well. We forge our own chains, blah blah blah 🙂

    • Nev: I can appreciate both your simple sensibility and your last-minute handmade ornament idea… I do long for simplicity but I also love to create and spoil myself at the most unlikely times by launching into new projects. (See recycled wrapping at right in my Instagrams — there was a fun project, yet one I didn’t really have time for.)
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  3. Beautifully put Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing your revelation. Oh in those quiet moments the divine strikes. Blessings, friend!
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  4. never too late
    never too early
    His gift awaits all who will receive

    thank you for this beautiful post
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