Last night was our choir Christmas party. For some reason my heart just wasn't in it. I've been craving simpler, more intimate holiday celebrations this year. We decided to forego the party and instead asked friends if they'd like to join us for dinner at Greensides, a local restaurant with a very calm, quiet atmosphere. I am so very glad we chose to have a party for four as our celebration last night. We had such a sweet time of fellowship with our friends. We were all able to sit back and relax and enjoy each other's company. There was no noise or confusion. We talked and laughed and enjoyed a wonderful meal together. Somehow, I think this is the way Christmas celebrations are meant to be. Simple times spent with people we love. Taking time to remember why we are celebrating this holiday season.
I came across a sweet blog yesterday called Cherub Wishes. I think it must have been devine intervention, because I had clicked on another link, but was sent here instead. This sweet lady has posted I Corinthians 13 - the Christmas version. I've included a link to her site in "my favorite blogs". I'll let you go there to read the post in its entirety, but one particular verse sums up in a nutshell the way I've been feeling:
"If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point."
Merry CHRISTmas, my friends!