I’ve spent a lot of time down in my basement recently in an attempt to get rid of stuff.  I have a lot of stuff.  I have a lot of Christmas stuff.  I think I counted about 8 boxes and 3 shelves of Christmas paraphernalia.  That’s nuts!  At first I couldn’t help but think that there was no way I needed so many Christmas decorations – after all I don’t live in a mansion.  I mean, really, who needs that much stuff?

Apparently, I do.

Lately the focus of my free time has been to organize and purge my house of all things unnecessary.  It’s taking forever – partly because I have no time and partly because there are so many things to sort through.

This Christmas stuff – well, that’s a different story.  I’ve thought in the past that I would whittle it down to a couple boxes and maybe one shelf.  That simply isn’t going to happen.   We all love those decorations.  Emma loves the lights.  Peter loves the little houses.  Elizabeth loves the tree decorations.  Allison loves the nutcrackers.  I love the books and music.  Zach… well, he’s seventeen.  He happily puts up with it all.  Those things are our way of celebrating.

I want to be the frugal gal in most things, but not Christmas.  Goodness, Jesus came!!!  It’s time to party!  I’m talking big ole party.  I’m talking invite the neighbors, eat some cookies, turn on some lights, blast some music, and enjoy this life that we have!  This life… this life of mine… it isn’t what I thought it would be at this point, but it is good.  I’m blessed beyond measure. I say that a lot because it’s true.

And, Christmas.  Well, Christmas is my Savior coming to love on me in the biggest way possible.  Christmas is my God loving me extravagantly!  My response – celebrate extravagantly!  Give God the glory for this life – this difficult, overwhelming, exhausting, frustrating, not-what-I-wanted life.  This life that in the midst of all the difficulties is still stuffed full of blessings.