“Christmas, my child is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas."
-- Dale Evans
Greetings from the Tankersley house!
I have a very specific word I’d like to wish for you during this Christmas Season.
It is the word: RELEASE.
I know RELEASE is not a word typically associated with Christmas soliloquy, but I feel it’s fitting for many of us to think about during this holiday season.
Christmas is a time packed with family, travel, parties, gift giving, and feasting. Amidst it all, you might not feel there is time to do anything besides react to your surroundings. You might be holding your breath until January 1st, so you can finally let out a big exhale.
I’d like to challenge you to something. Can I challenge you? See what happens when you make Christmas a time for… release.
It will mean different things to different people:
For the perfectionist homemaker, it will mean letting go of the need for everything to look absolutely perfect this holiday season. Don’t worry. The meal will be fantastic, the decorations already look great. Release the unattainable goals and enjoy things just as they are.
"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ”
Norman Vincent Peale
“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
Barnes and Noble has a perfect coffee-table version of this classic tale, complete with a red Christmasy cover! We’ve been reading the story to our children this season (albeit with some modifications to a few scary parts!) and plan to watch the Disney movie on Christmas Eve! Perhaps it sounds like something fun you would like to do with your family as well?
A story can’t illustrate or summarize any better than Dicken’s did about exactly where to put our focus—giving to, investing into, and loving others! Our relationships are what make the world go round, after all.
Pick up a copy and read (or reread!) this classic tale this Christmas.
"I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday." -Abraham Lincoln