This is what my house looks like right now... and I don't have ten kids.
As excitement mounts around me, it's getting harder to feel Christmasy.
I just want Christmas to be over, but I don't want to lose sight of the Reason for the Season.
Ten Christmas Commandments
Apparently, Ten Lords a-Leaping represents the Ten Commandments. Here is my version of how to live the Ten Commandments this Christmas:
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me this Christmas.
Let us not allow our time to be usurped with all the festivities and bustle of the season. May we put God first in our lives and we celebrate His Son's birth.
2. Thou shalt not make any graven image for Christmas.
Let us not allow the presents and goodies to supersede the true Christmas Spirit. May our thoughtfulness and kindness shine brighter than the packages we bear.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of Christmas in vain.
Taking the Lord's name in vain is showing the ultimate disrespect to Him. When we use Christmas for our own gain instead of remember that Christ is a huge part of Christmas, it is the same thing.
4. Keep Christmas Day holy.
Christmas is about God, Family, and Love. It should always be considered a holy day of celebration. May we keep it that way by not allowing commercialism to creep in.
5. Honor thy father and mother on Christmas.
Honoring your father and mother this Christmas means being extra kind, thinking of others, and truly keeping the Christmas Spirit in your heart. May we all bring honor to our father and mother this way.
6. Thou shalt not kill the Christmas Spirit.
Maybe you got a gift that wasn't what you hoped for. Maybe your work demands longer hours during these last two months. Maybe the stress is becoming overwhelming, and the "magic" seems like extra labor (and not a particularly loving one). But none of that really has anything to do with Christmas. May we, despite the hectic symptoms of society, never kill the Christmas Spirit.
7. Thou shalt not commit to more than you can handle on Christmas.
Let us prioritize our holiday schedule. We don't have to go to every party. It won't be the end of the world if we don't give something to EVERY person we know. Maybe baking tons of cookies won't fit into our schedule. That's OK. Consentrate on making memories rather than festivities. Cathy C. Hall wrote a great post about this on her blog.
8. Thou shalt not steal a Peek until Christmas.
I Know, I know! Number 7 was a piece of cake compared to this one. Part of the fun of Christmas is the waiting until the right time. But snooping ruins some of the fun for those giving the gift.
9. Thou shalt not bear Christmas Secrets.
The magic of Christmas is in the surprise! Telling Christmas secrets is just mean. Let's keep our smiles and secrets to ourselves.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's Christmas.
Who cares if someone else's Christmas seems perfect? Trying to make a Christmas as good as someone else's is the worse thing we can do, because we lose sight of what's really important.
Have a Merry Christmas!
May we work to keep Christmas in our hearts and always.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)