It’s the week before Christmas and the stress is mounting. Can you feel it? Are you more of a Grinch this Monday morning than full of Christmas cheer?
I am here to help you and to tell you, you’re not alone! This week I am going to be sharing with you recipes and cheer to get your heart and kitchen ready for Christmas this coming weekend! WHY I WANTED TO SKIP CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR.
So far, this December has been the most stressful month of my life. I have had so much going on that its been an absolute blur! The somewhat still new schedule of dairy-farming has me tired and cramped for extra time during the day, and the upcoming tax season for our township, that I had to prepare for, had me up until very late several nights trying to get the envelopes stuffed and everything ready to send out right in the midst of working on a Christmas magazine and I had to upgrade my work computer at the same time, techy stuff….not my thing!
The Christmas YOUR BEST magazine I was being featured in with 8 recipes and 15 pages that are my pictures, to bake and take, left the house and kitchen a huge stirred up mess!
To say I’ve been busy, is an understatement. Adding to the stress, our little 7 month old daughter has decided she wants no one but Daddy and Mommy holding her, so there has been no break from baby for over a month, and I am at a loss for how to fix this, when we don’t really see many people all week-long to help her get used to others holding her.
Tax bills got mailed out and then the deliveries for all of the magazines to friends and family who ordered one from me, 80+ magazines started. While online Christmas shopping, children’s commitments to sports and family photo sessions needed to be squeezed in.
Then, you can add all of that CHRISTMAS stuff, like decorating, school and church programs, cards and EVERYTHING and you may see why I have been STRESSED and ready to skip Christmas as much as I can this year!
And I know I am not the only one who’s felt this way.
I love Christmas! I love decorating for it. I love working the Christmas sale at the furniture décor store in town every year. I love baking and cooking for family and friends during this season. I love buying loved ones personal gifts, to share some love and joy with them. I love it all. I love the Christmas programs and church services. I love the bible study Christmas parties and fellowship times. I love reading and discussing the story of Jesus’s birth and the reason we celebrate this season with my children. I love watching old Christmas movie classics while wrapping presents and writing out Christmas cards. I love it!
But this year I was ready to skip Christmas all together. I AM TOO BUSY FOR IT! And that’s not me at all!
I am so excited for this week. I am ready to do my Christmas thing, and be all festive and in the Christmas spirit! It’s going to happen, and it’s going to be great! Time to let go of all the stress and focus on the reason for this season. Come back to the basic’s and dwell in the sweet, simple moments of this week before Christmas.
The GREAT WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE, is a challenge for myself (and anyone who wants to tag along with me) to take the time for including the most special parts of the Christmas season this busy week before Christmas.
Peacefulness, togetherness and most importantly for me, reflection and reverence on the birth of Christ, the reason for the season.
Take time to be TOGETHER today.
- Enjoy “together time” with your family today by either making or just eating this together for dessert!
It’s one of those old classic recipes, that has been somewhat forgotten.
It tastes like a soft saltwater taffy, with a creamy marshmallow and spicy gumdrop flavor, it is a wonderful addition to any dessert table and was a huge hit at the last family gathering I brought it too, for young and old alike.
CHRISTMAS GUMDROP NOUGATS
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 bags mini marshmallows (250g) per bag
2 bags white chocolate chips (225g) per bag
2 cups gumdrops
Melt first three ingredients together until smooth, mix in gumdrops (I roughly chop them a bit first) Spread onto parchment lined 9×13 pan, Chill for four hours before cutting and serving. ENJOY!
- Take time to reflect on Christ’s birth.
Think about the gift we have been given by God. That He would send His own son down to earth, for you and me.
John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:29 “…the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”
- Make time for peacefulness today.
One of my favorite ways to do that, is by listening to beautiful music, and here is my favorite rendition of my favorite Christmas carol, it is so beautiful and will bring you peace trust me!
No matter how you choose to spend your week before Christmas, I hope you have a blessed Christmas with the ones you love!