A dear friend told me that my Christmas post sounded tired, or in her words "you are obviously so over it!". She had a point. My husband told me the same thing when he read my draft of our family Christmas letter, he said it sounded 'down'.
I feel I have misrepresented my feelings about Christmas. I really enjoy Christmas. I think what I find hard is all the things that Christmas brings with it - end of year concerts, thank you cards, final meetings and dinners.
Having read Jenny's post earlier in the week though, I realised I can chill out more. I don't have to do anything more for the year - no speaking engagements, important meetings, posts to write, etc. I have organised presents already, mainly using online ordering (what joy!). There are still 2 weeks till the kids are on holidays, so I have time to get things done and then time to enjoy with them when holidays start.
As we set up the tree yesterday and started advent today, I am thrilled that about 5 years ago I was not only excited about Christmas, but had time to put into it: hence the advent material, the embroidered Christmas stockings, the tree skirt, etc. Now, I cannot begin to imagine where I found the time or energy!
Now that it is all set up, it's time to enjoy it. So this year, when all the busyness of Christmas threatens to cloud over the reason for the season, I might just take myself off to the lounge room, turn on all the sparkly lights on the tree, and give thanks to God for the blessing of Christmas, where Christ came as a baby to save us all from our sins.