The tree beckons me with its lights and divine pine aroma. Mesmerized by the lights, I’m soon lost in thought. I smile as I remember special memories of family and friends. I sigh with contentment as I reflect on how many blessings I currently enjoy. I’m awed as I revere the One who made it all possible.
Stopping to smell the Christmas tree is something I did often as a kid throughout the Christmas season. However, these precious, personal moments seem to have gotten lost as I’ve gotten older. Now there is shopping, baking, wrapping, visiting, decorating, volunteering, caroling, and a myriad of other Christmas duties dominating my time.
My carefree moments to enjoy life, encouraged in the favorite saying, “Stop and smell the roses,” is desperately lacking.
As an adult, I find myself rushing through the Christmas season. Clamoring through my task list while attempting to produce memories for my kids, I miss out on actually making memories with my kids. Stress and perfection become my family and consume my time. And before I know it, Christmas is over and the doldrums of another wasted season become a reality.
Therefore, I’m determined to create white space on my calendar so I can actually enjoy the people I love and the blessings I’ve been gifted. If you find yourself rushing through the season, unable to “stop and smell the Christmas tree,” I encourage you to delete a few items from your calendar or from your task list. I promise this will not cause a rip between time and space. Christmas will still come. Only this time, you will have time to relish the fleeting moments.
Start by taking time to gaze at the Christmas tree. Get lost in the mesmerizing lights. Enjoy the moment and do the following:
Remember – Remember past blessings. Reminisce about past Christmas’. Examine the ornaments on the tree that hold special memories. Ponder the people from past years that have made a positive impact on your life.
Reflect – Reflect on current blessings. Spend time contemplating encouraging and supportive people in your life and their wonderful qualities. Consider the reason for the season.
Revere – Revere the One who made these blessings possible. Thank God for the people and blessings He’s provided. Read the Christmas story in Luke 2:1-20. Spend time expressing gratitude God sent His Son and through Jesus we have the promise of eternal life if we simply accept Him as our Savior..
Resolve – Resolve to take a few items off your to-do list to spend time with the ones you love. Devise a plan to contact those you love either by phone, note, email, or face-to-face and share why you love them and what makes them special. Determine to stop and smell the Christmas tree not only during this season but in all the ones to come.
I wish you the very best at savoring all your special moments. Have a very merry Christmas season.
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©2012 Connie Davis Johnson