The Christmas Game
"I feel like I am ahead this year." I know that a more superstitious person would not want to even utter the words, but I think that I am ahead in my Christmas preparations.
- Decorating: Check
- Cookie Baking: Check
- Mailed Packages to Relatives: Check
- Twelve Gifts of Christmas ready: Check
- Pageant Rehearsals started: Check
- Early Shopping Done: Check
It is so satisfying to make a list and not just check it twice, but check it off. Though as I start to feel content and smug it slowly dawns on me that I may have a problem here. Christmas, of course, is not about checking things off of a list.
The superstitious would refrain from saying that I am ahead in my Christmas preparations out of a fear of jinxing it all. But as I write it I realize that the more important reason to refrain from saying it is because it reveals that I may be missing the whole point. As with most things in life we don't do things just to check them off of a list. I'm not playing the game Christmas-ball.
Perhaps I'll slow down. There may not be as much food at the open house, but I bet you'll have a good time anyway. (I hope to see you Sunday at our house, 3-6).
Best wishes for a meaningful Christmas list.
See you in church,