Friday, December 16, 2011

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

As I've mentioned over and over again, I've always loved Christmas.

I grew up in a household where Christmas was celebrated...and it was celebrated well. Hot chocolate, fires, gingerbread houses, elaborate decorations, fun Christmas cards, gumbo on Christmas Eve, my great-grandfather reading us the Christmas story in Luke, my parents amazing Santa gifts...I could go on forever.

I'm going to be frank with you now. When you're married and working full-time, it's really hard to get into the Christmas spirit. The 9-5 job really takes away from being able to buy Christmas presents {the mall is horrendous on Saturdays}, and when I get home the last thing I want to do is make a gingerbread house or go get in the car with hot chocolate and look at Christmas lights. And the constant Christmas parties, happy hours, dinners, get-togethers and gift exchanges? Can get exhausting.

I found myself thinking about all of this last night as I was getting ready for my fourth event of the week: my company Christmas party. I kept thinking, "Gosh, I don't want to go. I don't want to get dressed up again. I really need to pack for my parents' this weekend and holy crap I'm tired."

But when we drove into Highland Park Village for the Christmas party, I saw the beautiful lights and I wanted to slap my own face back to reality.

This is Christmas, and get in the spirit, dangit!

And after seeing sweet work friends and sharing a glass of wine {or four} it made sense: while it is exhausting, it's about spending time with those you love, and celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The words to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" always get me. And last night they got me even more:

"...faithful friends who are dear to us, gather near to us, once more. Through the years we all will be together, if the fates allow..."

It's so true. I can complain all I want to, but being near to precious friends ("if the fates allow") is why we celebrate with family. Why we host and attend 5,000 different parties, dinners, gift exchanges and happy hours.

{And I also got in a good mood because we won a camera at the party! Thanks, fab clients!}

It's why we dress up and put on a face. To celebrate friends and the best gift we've ever been given: Jesus.

And moving on from the sentiment, I talked our office manager into buying Whataburger taquitos for the office today.

Let's just say we needed them.

Merry Christmas, y'all. Don't get caught up in the little things -- the parties, the wrapping of gifts, baking for the nth Christmas party of the week -- and celebrate the big things, the things that matter:

Our Lord and Savior
Each other

We're heading southbound today for Christmas with my family. Can't wait.

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