It’s count-down time, the advent calendar is out and we’ve started putting up lights and decorations in our house. I am looking at a pile of unwritten christmas cards, and working out who to send to this year, it seems to be a dying art, due to the cost of postage and how easy it is to communicate otherwise. but I do like writing them.
The point of Advent is a bit like Lent we are supposed to be fasting, in readiness for the big event at Christmas, but mainly this time of year I stagger from a Christmas party to the shops to nativity play and get a series of colds, and try and cram in a ridiculous amount in a short space of time (nothing new there!)
It is supposed be a time for listening and waiting for God to arrive in our lives though, and I am trying this year to make a little bit of space for him to hang-out with me. A good friend of mine lent me a book called Time Management for Busy Mums which is ace! After reading it I’ve turned off the push notifications for Facebook from my smart phone, so I am not constantly checking what someone’s been up to that minute. I’ve also tried to be more organised at work and make lists. I work in an amazing office.. West Offices near the station in York, and we have lockers to put our things in, and hot desk, and I cycle into work, so my whole day is different to how I used to work. I am feeling slightly analogue in a digital world (to quote Len from Strictly) but embracing the changes!
I haven’t made a Christmas wish list yet for me, as its so all-consuming thinking about everything else, but I am keen next year to embrace change, appreciate the small stuff, make more time for us as a family, hug my husband more often and generally just try and chill out and enjoy the great things in my life. I’ve got a fantastic church, home, children, friends, partner and need to spend more time enjoying things as well as planning them!
Love hearing the Christmas verses from the Bible too…