It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (finally.)
Please ignore the breakfast sprawl and glance up on top of the french doors …
I didn’t have my act together enough to do a full advent, but I did manage to pick up these buckets at the dollar section of Target and starting today (until December 24th) my children will find something inside, as part of our new (reinvented) 12 Days of Christmas.
This countdown is not just about getting more stuff.
In fact, the whole idea came together for me last night (literally) when I was reading this article in the New Era (magazine for youth.) And now I’m much more excited to see it through. The article is called Enough Stuff, 5 Tips for Tackling Materialism (click the link for the pdf) and I will take daily messages from it.
Today’s message is this:
We all need stuff—stuff to wear, stuff to eat, stuff for home, stuff for school. And, of course, beyond the necessities there’s also the stuff we want but don’t really need, as well as the stuff we dream about but could never afford. There’s big stuff and little stuff, girl stuff and guy stuff, stuff for work and stuff for play, stuff for now and stuff for later. It seems the world is filled with stuff. If we’re not careful, we can have a hard time seeing past all that stuff. Material possessions (both those we have and those we want) can obstruct our view of who we really are and what life is really about.
Each day, for the next 12 days (until Christmas) you’ll find fun stuff in this little bucket, but you’ll also find scriptures, quotes and challenges that will help you focus less on the stuff and more on those things that fill this holiday with love and light, the warmth of the Spirit, the anticipation of giving and the return of family traditions that have created magical memories for over two decades of togetherness.
I love celebrating Christmas and I love YOU.
Let the countdown begin!
Note: I wish I could have shared this with you as an idea you could prepare and use, but this year I’m feeling lucky to simply report the things I’m doing, since I’m likely doing them just in the nick of time!