Don’t worry. I’m not going to subject you to an entire month of the Christmas Story movie. I might be one of the rare people who frankly does not get/like/understand that movie or why it has to be on for 24 hours on Christmas day. Give me “White Christmas” or really any movie on the Hallmark Channel and I’m much happier.
But I do love the idea of Christmas stories. The other night my friend Kris posted several Christmas-themed questions on Facebook that resulted in a fun trip down memory lane – and the reasons behind why we do what we do at the holidays.
- Do you have a real tree or an artificial tree?
- What is your favorite Christmas cookie recipe?
- What is the best or strangest gift you’ve ever received?
Those are all part of our Christmas stories, part of the legacy of the traditions we unpack from dusty boxes each year. Whether you grew up reading “The Night Before Christmas” pop-up book around the tree like I did, or reading the story of Christ’s birth from the book of Luke like my husband’s family, all of those little moments come together to make up our Christmas stories.
Instead of simply sharing my own meaningful memories I invited some friends to join me in this space throughout the month. Frankly when I posted the request for guest posts on Instagram I assumed maybe 4 people would respond. If everyone who says they were interested actually sends me something? Well, you’re in for quite the treat this month. I’m overwhelmed and can’t wait to read their words. You will be inspired, encouraged, and hopefully, as we go, you’ll be able to find yourself saying “Oh! Me, too!”
You’ll still hear from me throughout the month, but this is one lesson about “holy hustle” I’m learning – sometimes we need to ask for help so we can focus on the bigger work God has put on our hearts. With the help of some friends, I’ll be able to focus my energy on a book proposal without ignoring my blog, and all of you.
I can’t wait to share these stories with you.