Are You Ready for Christmas?

Almost everywhere I go, I hear these words.

Are you ready for Christmas?

While sitting in the dentist’s chair.
While buying groceries at the store.
While picking up my dry cleaning.

Are you ready for Christmas?

Well, yes and no.

No, I don’t have every gift purchased and wrapped (yet).
No, I don’t have every card licked and stamped (yet).

But, yes, I am ready for Christmas.

Christmas could happen today, and that would be okay.

Because I’ve let go.

I’ve let go of this societal standard that seems to pervade our lives. A standard that dictates the way we should “prepare” for Christmas.

Oh, there’s nothing wrong with gifts and cards. I love those things too. But I am feeling less angst about having those things exactly as I have envisioned them.

I am ready for Christmas.

I am ready for my husband to have ten days in a row off from work.
I am ready for my kids to be home from school without any homework due.
I am ready for sleeping in and making pancakes and lounging around in our robes.

I am ready . . .

To gather around the fireplace.
To read the Story once again.
To cherish the Gift.
To cherish those He has given us to share Him with.

I am ready for Christmas.

Are you?


11 thoughts on “Are You Ready for Christmas?

  1. Preparing the heart is quite a different state than what the world sees, isn't it? Merry Christmas, Denise. So glad our good God brought us together in 2011.

  2. No, I'm not ready either, D.J. But my heart is so ready. I've cried more tears this year just thinking about the precious baby boy that grew up to die for my sins. Thanks for this reminder that hearing and telling the STORY is the real heart of Christmas.

  3. Love this.
    I too have found this Christmas much more relaxed, yet focused on “LOVE” that did indeed come down. I think it has something to do with looking for those graces, those gifts, that affects all of life. I enjoyed your blog and will be checking back.

  4. I appreciate how you have grabbed ahold of that question. And you are so right: our culture seeks to define the particular kind of Christmas for which we are waiting. But we've already been given the most holy of definitions. So our preparation is simply to keep it sanctified and true. And as we gather around a fire and share the Story, together, we do exactly that. Maybe one definition of Christmas is to surrender to a story larger than ourselves.

    May God bless you and your family with the warmth of His Presence this Christmas!

  5. Did I write this?? haha! – i have heard that a thousand times and I always tell people that 'yes, I am ready for Christmas because it is all about my Savior!” I love this season and have made it the most relaxing and unstressful time of year!!

  6. I've felt a peace this Christmas season that I have not felt in…well, I can't even remember. I know it is from God…a prayer answered before I could even pray it. I am ready to relax, to enjoy time with family, and to honor and praise God for His Son, the greatest Gift we could ever receive.

    I loved this post, Denise! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    In Christ,

  7. By the world's standard…I'm nearly done and ready, by God's standard I'm always ready. I am in awe of Him everyday…His birth, His life, and His death and Resurrection! I've been thoroughly blessed this month by God's provision which has allowed me to bless others. Of course it's really God doing the blessing all around, He just decided to let me be in on it! Thank you for sharing.

  8. thanks for your comment on my blog!
    I love your post and love your reply. I too get frustrated when people ask me that. I usually just stare back and then w/o much of an answer…”um, yeah I guess so.”

    love this:
    “I’ve let go of this societal standard that seems to pervade our lives. A standard that dictates the way we should “prepare” for Christmas.”

  9. Love this, Denise! I'm right there with you! I've thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful season, reflecting on God's awesome gift of Jesus Christ. I haven't been nearly as stressed about the details this year. Just enjoying the 24/7 Christmas music and thanking my Savior for His love! Have a blessed Christmas!

  10. Am I ready? Yes and no!!
    I cannot believe we live close! Yes, I go to CCV and am teaching the 1 Peter class in Jan and Feb on Wed. mornings. I would LOVE to meet you sometimes. You are the first blogger friend I have that lives close.

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