Twas' the Week Before Christmas

December 21, 2020

I seem to do this a lot. Slink off for months only to come back and apologize for being M.I.A. Lots of things have happened over the course of the last several months. I lost my Grandmother to cancer in October (more on that later). So, you could say 2020 wasn't anything like I expected or hoped it would be in way more ways than one! However, I think some of the hardships of this year have helped me embrace the Christmas season more and earlier than I normally would.

For one, I started Christmas shopping and planning clear back in August. This helped me get most of my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving. Though, for some reason, I still feel like I'm hustling to get things done as I type this. I also decided to put up the Christmas tree nearly two weeks before Thanksgiving (which never happens). Time flew so fast, though, and I'm probably going to keep it up till Valentine's Day. This is the year I never want Christmas to end, I guess.

This past week, I finished up wrapping the bulk of the gifts for the most part. I have always liked "brown paper packages tied up with strings," but this year I got a bit fancier and had a little embellishment on the brown paper. Then I just tied some twine around it and added a tag. I like simple, but I think they turned out beautiful. 

Over the past year, my business has also been booming which has led to getting some debts paid off. It's nice to be getting out of the deep, dark hole of debt finally. We're not all the way there yet, but getting closer by the month and that feels so much better than paying minimums and never making any headway. Though, that has also meant that I haven't had a whole week off of work over the last year. This past week I worked very hard to change that. I doubled down on work to sort of get a little step ahead and today is the first day of a full week off! I'm pretty excited about that!

Thursday night, we did our traditional "Serendipity Night". The movie "Serendipity" is one of our favorites and we watch it every year before Christmas. We also made some of the Serendipity frozen hot chocolates made popular in the movie. Last year D and I got to go and eat at the actual restaurant in New York and sat at the VIP table featured in the movie. It was a dream come true for both of us and helps make the tradition of this date night even more special considering we saw a lot of the places in the movie with our own two eyes.



D and I sitting at the same table that was featured in Serendipity.






Our recreation of the Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate

Friday and Saturday were spent getting chores done around the house and preparing for our Christmas Sunday Service. This year, D decided to have a super cute Christmas play on the Sunday before Christmas. It turned out so funny and cute and he did such a wonderful job creating the set. We had a great crowd (probably the best we've seen since COVID started) and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. Even though masks were worn and physical distance honored, it felt so good to come together and celebrate Jesus' birthday together.

I can't say I know what is coming in the coming weeks or year. But, I do think that I can do much better documenting it so I can remember. While this year came with so many challenges, I do want to remember the blessings. This year created space and time in some ways (I sent Christmas cards for the first time in years)! I feel more organized. I feel more present. I'm hoping 2021 is less dramatic and full of chaos. I'm also hoping we can continue to steer clear of Covid (we have so far, praise the Lord). So here I am closing out the year and starting hopefully a new habit of journaling my way into another year.



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