I play Christmas music starting in October, if not a little earlier. Thankfully, my husband puts up with it pretty well. Our tree tradition is to order pizza, put up the tree, and then watch Muppets Christmas Carol. Childish, I know, but we love it. I think originally the tradition was to just watch a Christmas movie, but we always end up choosing this one.
This year, we put our tree up the weekend before Thanksgiving. We planned to do it on a Friday night because, well, it was the only night we had free.
Disaster. Here is why:
- Daniel had to work late, so he didn't get home until 9 (after 14 hours of work) and we decorated for an hour. =( He had a bad day, but did a really good job of leaving it at work and loving on me when he got home. Still, I knew he was fuming inside. My heart hurts when that happens.
- We had purchased a tree for $10 at a rummage sale and it was an 8.5 footer. Gorg. Took it out of the box, and an entire section is missing. Had to put up our Charlie brown 4 footer instead.
- Had gotten Muppets Christmas Carol from someone at work on a flash drive. He said any newer flat screen should have a USB port for us to watch it from. I didn't check until Friday night. Nope. No movie.
- Pizza was kinda cold. I ate too much of it because of my emotional eating issues.
I always listen to a local Christian radio station on the way to work and they are mixing in Christmas music with the normal praise and worship. I heard this song by Casting Crowns the other day and loved it. New spin on Joyful Joyful. Not sure if it is new or not- but I would listen to this all year round!
I know everyone says this, but I just can't imagine an all-sovereign, heavenly king being born to be human on earth. I mean, what was it like in heaven right before that happened? What would it have been like to know the inner most being of every child- the number of hairs on their heads and number of their days- to then be born as a baby, so hopelessly dependent on a mother for so much? If women, as mothers, struggle constantly with "am I a good mother", how did Mary feel knowing her Son created the Earth? Wow. I wonder if Jesus was some super-toddler. Ya know? Crazy. Will be an exciting day to find that out! =)
Hoping your are embracing December and much as I am- Love this time of year!