Those Christmas Moments by Julie Arduini

Most of our family are fans of the show, The Office. We’re that classic meme where someone finishes watching The Office on Netflix and isn’t sure what to watch next. The answer? Re-start The Office.

Recently we came to the beloved episode of Jim and Pam’s wedding. As all their colleagues pretty much hijack the nuptials and feel it is their wedding, Pam and Jim recall advice they were given. Collect the moments. Take mental pictures. The time goes so fast. Every time they had a shared moment, they made a clicking sound of a camera. They were able to enjoy their day, their way.

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This Christmas feels like we are celebrating all season long and that the actual day will be family-oriented and festive, but that it has been full of those little camera moments. Nothing major, and I think that’s what has made it all the more special. They were little moments.

There was:

  • My husband and I sneaking out of the house one Saturday morning before the non-stop-since-September rain started again to find our Christmas tree. It was just us, a lot of mud, and we found the perfect tree to showcase the decorations we’ve had since our childhoods and throughout our marriage. Click.

 

  • This is the first Christmas the kids and I made cookies just to make them. The family had an intervention and let me know I give away everything, leaving nothing for them. I didn’t even think about it, honestly. So this year, I gave away next to nothing. Sure, my pants are paying the price, but the memories have been precious. Click.

 

  • This is also the first Christmas my husband took a weekend off just to make Italian cookies from his father’s recipes. The kids helped and they made great memories and cookies! Click.

 

  • Our college aged son celebrated the end of a grueling semester by taking an evening his dad and I were booked with meetings to spend time with his sister. They drove around the different developments looking at light displays, something I loved doing when they were younger (and they used to tease me!) Click.

 

  • We weren’t always home at the same time, but between us we watched all the Christmas movies we love plus saw a new-to-us one, The Star. Click.

 

  • Same for Christmas music. There were so many times between us where we put on a Christmas playlist and sat quietly in one of the rooms together. We either were in the living room with the live tree, or the family room with the artificial tree full of the child ornaments through the years. Click.

 

Through it, we’ve tried to be prayerful and thankful no matter what life looked like outside of those moments. It has been a wonderful season I’m so grateful for.

My challenge for you is if you’ve felt the last few weeks have been a stressful blur, slow down. Look for those mental moments you can capture into a memory. Discover a new tradition! Read Luke 2 Christmas morning. Something that gives you the opportunity to—Click.

Merry Christmas!

 

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About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, is coming soon. Her devotional, FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH SURRENDER, features the surrender themes and characters from the series. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, and starting April 2017, will be part of the Inspy Romance blog. She resides in Ohio with her husband, two children, and secret chocolate stash. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.
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