Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I am so giddy! I absolutely love everything about this time of year. I love stranger’s saying “Merry Christmas” to me as I pass by, I love all the time I get to spend with family and friends, and I love “Christmas Eve” service. I put that in quotes because we typically go before Christmas Eve. This year we went on the 22nd. It was such a great service and really reminded me of why we celebrate Christmas.
Tonight I have been wrapping presents and having fun with my husband. We made a gingerbread house and I must say, it’s one of my top two favorites from the past 5 years. This year I felt a little like Martha Stewart. I created wreaths, little swirls on the roof (I’m sure there’s a technical name for them), and even Christmas lights on the top of the roof. Amazing. If you zoom in on the photos, you can see that all the windows are different shapes, different sizes, the icing all sorts of crazy, and I would be very careful when moving it – it’s not up to building code and may fall apart.
It’s nothing like a Martha Stewart house. And I’m not only ok with that, I love that! You see, Christmas is not about being Martha Stewart. It’s not about how pretty your bows are, how pretty your Christmas tree is, or how tasty your fudge is that you brought to your Christmas party (don’t even get me started on that disaster this year). It’s all about Christ’s birth. It’s about WHY we celebrate Christmas.
The birth of Jesus Christ is nothing short of a miracle and that’s why I celebrate Christmas. I love to give gifts and see people’s faces as they open them. But more than any gift, I love spending time with them. Getting to go to church this year with my husband and my mom was so fulfilling. If my gifts aren’t perfect, if my gingerbread house is lopsided, and if my fudge is a soupy mess (who messes up fudge anyway?!?!), that’s ok. The reason I enjoy Christmas has nothing to do with any of these things. It’s about the birth of Christ and WOW.
So, these photos of our gingerbread house are to remind you that it’s not about being the next Martha Stewart or being featured on the next cover of House Beautiful magazine. It’s about enjoying these moments you have on earth, right now, with your friends and family. It’s about remembering the birth of Jesus Christ.