I love Christmas!  I love the lights, the trees, the songs (especially the songs), the focus on Jesus (shouldn't that be year round?), and the Christmas cards with all the pictures of how everyone has changed over the year.  This is definitely my favorite time of year.

It's also a busy time of year.  There are cards to be addressed, decorations to be put up, cookies to be baked, parties and dinners to attend, presents to wrap, cantatas/plays/programs to watch (or be involved in), and so on and so on.  There's always something else you could be doing if you thought about it long enough. 

If I'm not careful, I overbook myself and run around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get everything done and be everything to everyone.  And, while I enjoy having tasks to complete each day, it's also nice to take a little time and just sit in the living room with all the lights off, except for the Christmas tree, and drink a cup of hot chocolate and just take in the stillness of the moment.  I like being able to do that; it's even better when John joins me with his own cup of hot chocolate!

My challenge for myself is to slow down this Christmas season.  What is your challenge for yourself?

christmas challenge

Well, my challenge is to not focus on perfection, but instead to focus on peace and joy.  With a little one there is a lot of joy... I have to work at the peace. :)

I think once you finish your

I think once you finish your graduate class, peace will be much more easily available (or at least more easily seen....it's always available.)  Good luck!