It’s December 17th and I have yet to post a single thing about Christmas. And you’re probably all like, “Jeeeez… is Mary Evelyn even a Christian?”
I am. you guys. But two weeks ago, I was this close to canceling Christmas.
Because I didn’t feel like it. And because I’m a monster. And because I looked at the next few weeks on our calendar and our schedule of appointments and events piling up. I calculated the time it would take me to purchase gifts, bake cookies, and decorate a tree. I assessed the situation and decided that there just wasn’t time for Christmas this year.
So I told Greg it was canceled. And he was like, “You don’t mean that. We’ll get everything done. You’ll find a way.“
And he came this close to getting punched in the nose.
But then a Christmas miracle happened– God gave me a snow day. And while all the teachers and students rejoiced, I decided that maybe Christmas was worth it. Somehow having that little scoop of extra time helped me to relax and to finally get excited.
We bought a real tree (because we’re better than everyone) and our house smells like a forest. We decorated and listened to Christmas music. We ate cookies.
The truth is, I can’t cancel Christmas (and I don’t really want to, anyway). Christ is born regardless of whether or not I feel like singing carols or drinking hot cocoa. But somehow all those little preparations helped me to anticipate, they helped me to look forward, and they gave me peace
Sometimes action comes before feeling. Sometimes the work of Christmas comes before the joy.
So I’m casting off my inner Grinch. I’m pushing aside my Scrooge-like tendencies.
Christmas is totally on.
And to help get you in the spirit–here’s my Don’t Cancel Christmas Playlist. Please note that the The Carpenters are featured TWICE because that album is bomb and was possibly orchestrated by the Lord, Himself to bring good cheer to EVERYONE. If you skip those tracks I WILL find out about it and we WILL be having a conversation about respecting The Carpenters.
I feel very strongly about The Carpenter’s Christmas album…
Also, this playlist does not feature “Baby It’s Cold Outside” because that song is the creepiest (followed closely by “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”) and makes me feel like something sinister is about to happen and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.