I don’t know about you but this Advent season has been very calm. None of the hectic shopping or rushing from party to party or over the top decorating… just a peaceful house. Well, as peaceful as you can get with three kids running around!
Not only has it been a calm season – it’s also been one of de-cluttering. We’ve purged quite a few pieces of furniture and re-arranged the basement family room. Today the kids and I are tackling the toy boxes. I’ve already filled a black trashbag 3/4 full with garbage from Beans’ room. How do they multiply trash so quickly?! Maybe I need to slip a few dollar bills under her bed and see if they multiply!
The de-cluttered calm brings a clarity to the season. Without all the busyness of shopping and wrapping, decorating and partying it’s so much easier to see the manger – to stay focused on the reason for this season. We started a Jesse Tree this year. I love being reminded each night that every step of salvation has been planned – each story points the way. Right now on my tree are ornaments that appear to be random; a tree, an Earth, an apple with a snake glued on it, a rainbow, a camel, baby footprints, a ram and a ladder. But if you ask any of my children they can tell you a story that’s as old as time that weaves together God’s love with the ancient faithful. A story that will ultimately lead to a Savior – a tiny babe, born in a stable, laid in a manger, hung on a cross, resurrected from a tomb and reigning on high!!