So, its Christmas Eve Day. I have shopped, baked, wrapped, and all that to prepare for the big day. Well, almost prepared. My house is dirty and we have been counting cookies as a food group for a week or so now.
Our tree is decorated in the usual “eclectic” style. When I see other people’s’ Christmas trees, or those on television, I marvel at how stylish they are. How everything seems to match and coordinate and all the decorations are so beautiful and.. what’s the word? congruent. Ours is not that way. That’s the way I like it, actually. I love that our tree ornaments are fit for the island of misfit toys. They remind me of where we’ve been, friendships old and new and why this season is so special. There are ornaments from work gift exchanges, kids’ day care projects and the “baby’s first Christmas” trio.
One of my favorite Christmas decorations does not match anything. It was a gift from a friend with the explanation, “May this spider web be a reminder that Jesus was not born in a palace or sterile-clean hospital room. He was born in a humble dirty stable, with animals, loving parents and the Good Lord surrounding him. During this season surround yourself with God, people you love and love you, be humble and don’t worry about the imperfections.”
This is my Christmas wish for you. May your days be merry and bright. May your ornaments not match your decorations. May you be surrounded with those that love you and you love right back.