Thursday, December 22, 2011

love. joy. peace. chaos. Christmastime.

The Christmas chaos has begun. People everywhere, last minute shopping, and Salvation Army bell-ringers are all in full swing. The only Christmas-time shenanigan that isn't in full swing is the cold weather. Where in the world are these warm temperatures coming from? Last year it snowed on Christmas. This year, the high is 54 degrees and there is a 40% chance of rain. Yay. For some reason the words "I'm dreaming of a wet Christmas" just don't sound right.

Jordan, Ashley, and Joseph are all here. The gifts are under the tree. The wrapping paper has been put away. Cakes have been made. Lots of food has been eaten. The Grinch has been watched. The gingerbread house has been created. We are ready. Tomorrow it begins. The Smith family is coming over for breakfast. Granma, Grandaddy, and Uncle Kirby are coming over for lunch. Then we're going out to eat for dinner, going Christmas-light-looking, and then heading to Krispy Kreme. Saturday we're having our immediate family Christmas (since Jordan and Ashley will be leaving Saturday night). We're going to Granma and Grandaddy's house for the Shelley family Christmas for lunch. Sunday we're going to church, chilling at home, church again, and then party at Uncle Mitchell and Aunt Heather's house.

I'm not quite mentally prepared for Christmas to be here, but nevertheless, I am excited!

Even though there's somewhere around 317 presents under our tree, and even though we're going to be doing stuff all weekend, and even though people hardly ever use the word "Christmas" anymore, and even though part of me is sad because Josh, Danielle, and Harvey aren't with us this year, and even though it's not going to snow on Christmas, there's still something that calms us down, quiets our hearts, and brings us joy and peace.

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth...grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." John 1:14,17

"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel [God with us]." Isaiah 7:14

"Then the angel said to her...'you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.'" Luke 1:30-33

"Then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'" Luke 2: 10-11

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