The other day I was in the car listening to Christmas music mostly because I was in a horrible mood. I was late to where ever I was going (sometimes the story of my life) and so I was yelling at the kids to “hurry up and GET IN THE CAR!!!”
Then the song “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” came on the radio.
“Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas….”
“Let your heart be light…..”
And it hit me like a ton of bricks, so much so that I started bawling like a baby. I have been bah-humbugging-it around for these last couple of weeks—so annoyed with everything about Christmas.
Like the fact that the Christmas tree can’t stay decorated for two seconds (and my youngest is four!) . Or that fact that half the nativity is missing parts from last year—and we can’t find them anywhere–and I think they got lost in the move.
I let them all annoy me.
Then the phrase came on the radio again “let your heart be light…..”
And right there in the minute I made a decision that this Holiday Season, I was going to try to find every way for my heart to be light. The little things don’t matter—they really don’t. What does it matter if the tree ornaments are half of the time on the floor? It doesn’t. Or having a light heart means I can find a new nativity this year to focus on.
Because I want the warmth and light of the season to shine through this year—and I think that starts with my own heart. And I know that my heart leads to actions.
So my plan this month is to do things that bring me a light heart—serve, read Christmas stories, and find the peace that this season brings to me so that the true Spirit of Christmas will be in my heart and home this year.
I would love your thoughts….how do you not let the stress and craziness of the season overwhelm you? And ideas for my “light heart” project?