Long Ago, in the Fundamental Home Far, Far Away: A Christmas Story

 

The Fundamental Home

I trust you all have had a wonderful Christmas holiday weekend.

In our household, we enjoyed a restful Christmas Day.  We woke up late- a benefit of having older children.  Before we did anything else, everyone grabbed their Bibles to read the story of the birth of Christ.  Rick divided up the passage, so we all had verses to read.  After spending some time focused on the Lord, and in prayer, we started to enjoyed opening gifts.  Each child had 5 gifts to open- 4 from the family, and 1 from a friend who had brought them something a few days before.  We had saved them to open with our other gifts on Christmas Day.  Rick and I each had one gift to open, too.

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20 Ways to Be Kind to Strangers The Week Before Christmas

The Fundamental Home

This is the week before Christmas, and if you plan to be out in public at all, you need to brace yourself.  I know because I have been out in public all day.  It’s a war zone out there- and I live in the sweet south.

Maybe it’s just me.

Maybe I had a challenging day.

Maybe I was in Walmart three times before 2PM.

No maybe about it.  I definitely was in Walmart three times before 2PM.

That last time, I was a bit embarrassed to go in and pass the same door greeter.

It all started when I ran in there early this morning for a planned errand.

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Preparing for Holiday Guests

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The Fundamental Home

Every year, we have guests over our house for Christmas.  Some years we have just a few folks, mostly family.  Other years, we have had large groups of friends.  This year is one of the least busy, in terms of guests arriving.  We only plan to host my father and his wife for a weekend.  They do this every year, although I wish they would stay for a week at least once.  Whenever guests are coming, Rick and I have different reactions.

I love to have guests over.

Rick tolerates having guests over.

I plan lots of fun events in our home.

Rick plans lots of clean-up when I plan events in our home.

I rush around making sure every little detail is perfect.

Rick sits in a corner and dreads every little problem that could happen.

When it’s all over, I always feel like I could have done more.

When it’s all over, Rick always feels like it went way better than he expected.

What can I say?  It works.

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