This Christmas we are paring down.
Last year we pared down a lot. And it was good.
But the Lord has continued to open our eyes to the all ways He has gone before us. And continues to walk alongside us. There is nothing that we need that we don’t already have.
Beyond spending less, this year we are going out less. Like not. at. all.
We have been turning all screens off between 5PM and 10PM.
Or 5PM and bedtime, whichever comes first.
We have been snuggling on the rug in front of the fireplace to read about Jesus in our Advent for Everyone book.
We have been rolling out sleeping bags around the Christmas tree and breaking our *no-screens* rule to watch Christmas specials on TV.
And we have been baking Christmas cookies.
It might be just a simple thing.
I’m not going to lie, I have found myself squirming a few times over not being able to buy as much as I might want to for my kids this year.
My knee-jerk response to having to spend less is that somehow our kids will be disappointed. That they’ll feel like they missed out, somehow.
But then I look around. And He reminds me.
My prayer for my family this Christmas is that the Lord will be gracious to continuously open our eyes to see Him. All around us.
And that, in our heart of hearts, we would treasure Him above all.
“You make known to me the path of life;
in Your presence there is fullness of joy;
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” — Psalm 16:11