The lower segment of the tree branches and ornaments are pretty much demolished by the baby (we’ve vacuumed up the trail of fallen needles almost daily!), the packages have been regularly rearranged and inspected by my preschooler, and my newly-six-year-old wants to just spill the beans and tell everyone what they’ll be receiving.
The packages are mostly wrapped in reused paper grocery bags (thank you to the grocer who splurged on “holiday-print” bags this month). We’ll be decorating the plain ones, and tucking mostly thrift store finds and handmade gifts inside.
As much as we read our Advent devotionals and sing praise songs to our “newborn King,” why is it still easy for the little ones (oh, and maybe me too?) to slip into saying, “The best gift is the biggest one, Mama!” as they peer under the tree?
Oh, how my Father speaks to my own heart as I whisper those joy words to their little hearts one more time…
“He came to give us life, dear one.”
“He still lives and loves us!”
“He is the best gift of all!”
And suddenly, it doesn’t matter that I’m running behind on the homemade gift-making, the grocery budget is stretching tighter as more (beloved!) family arrives, and there is just one more appointment to add to the calendar.
The Redeemer has fulfilled His promise again. “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
The One who came to rescue us- who holds the future in His hands- can handle all my cares, and pour an unsurpassing peace to my heart. I can weave His love into one more little squabble, rejoice in the crumbling decor, and celebrate, as I share the truth of Christmas with the precious little lives entrusted to me.
That is truly Redeeming Christmas.
My daily reminder of that truth? The Redeemed Tree Skirt (with a reversible patchwork side) is on sale at DaySpring this month. I’m linking up at the (in)spired deals page, and you can check out all their sale items in the Redeemed Christmas Collection!