December ONE. 25 days of festive begins NOW. Oh, there will be baking. Parties with ugly sweaters and town streets sprinkled with cracked candy canes tossed all parade-like too. It's that time of year where we nestle into the hustle and become all kinds of cuddly with the commotions of merry.
And me? Well, I like merry.
Tis the season to be merry.
Well that's my name.
Yep, I love a good movie. I love a good party. Heck, I love a good time too. There's something spirit lifting about gathering and getting and giving. There's an undeniable energy in this massive transaction we call December, no doubt.
But there is a sweet goodness in slow. A something that sticks with us when we just hold up a minute and take it all in. It, you ask? The fresh air that fills our lungs from being outside. The tears that come from a good read. The tickle inside our ticker when we linger a hug just a little bit longer. Yes, slow is where the soaking up happens best. So much potential is created when you take the time to fill your family.
Empty vs. Full.It's a concept. A lifestyle. A decision. Jars are becoming my thing. I deal daily with them in my candle making. And I am falling in love more & more with what they represent.
I've talked about their potential here.
And the jar did not disappoint for my 31 Days of Wardrobe & Words Celebration either.
So today, our family begins a building project to fill our family. One that costs ZERO money. One that encourages slowness and allows our thoughts to linger just long enough on our team.
There are 5 empty jars on our kitchen table. Each day from now until Christmas, we will write one memory/compliment/ thankful note to each member of our family. And these will be our last gifts to open Christmas morning.
Piled up jammies, we will unfold real and worthy from our household. These strips of paper will boast how much BIG is in our little and so much good for the who we are and, better yet, the who we are becoming.
As Mama and in a house of men, expressing gratitude, remembering good and lifting one another is important. My boys one day will be men. And there is nothing more meaningful than a man who is confident in expression and courageous enough to show it. To my future daughter-in-laws, you're welcome.
Now, the 5th jar?Well, that's for Him. For He deserves our words the most of all. And I am quite certain that our heavenly Father's notes scribbled will be the most impacting to open on Christmas Day.
ZERO money. A lifestyle. A decision. Intentional giving.
From our family to yours, we'd love for you to join us this holiday.