We do it with law, we do it with our closets, we do it with our lives. More. More. More.
How do you like it?
When it comes to More at Christmas, there's a point of diminishing return. How many traditions can you carry on--reasonably--before they become a burden rather than a blessing?
Elf on the Shelf anyone?
Since we traveled this year for Christmas, I knew keeping focus would be tough. We had more to consider...packing, traveling for uncertain weather (do we really need heavy coats and gloves?), arranging for a neighbor to keep an eye on the house, putting Daisy in a kennel.... The usual chaos, plus More.
I'm proud of myself for keeping a level head through all of this More, and I've actually had lots of fun and very little stress.
Part of the credit goes to the Travellers' Christmas Eve service we attended on December 13. What a great idea! People who enjoy the candlelight service but would be away for Christmas could enjoy the full Christmas Eve experience a few weeks early. We sang all the hymns, heard the scripture, and received a lovely sermon from our pastor of adult discipleship.
That service grounded me so much. But it occurred to me that my grounding required More work from our church staff. It's a reminder of just how hard pastors work during the most stressful season of the year. Thankfully, not all More is subject to diminishing returns. More service to God, more celebration of the birth of our Savior, more focus on the real reason for the season blesses everyone.
More shopping, more spending, more debt, more baking, more decorating...not so much a blessing. Enough is enough.
More light, more life, more peace, more love, more hope, more joy, more Christ. There's never enough.
I wish you More Christ this Christmas, and just enough of all the rest.