According to thefreedictionary.com, to be at your "wit's end" means to be at the "limit of one's mental resources; utterly at a loss."
What is it exactly about the holidays that causes humankind to go a little crazy for one month out of the year?
Case in point: mass shopping, long lines, and being cut off at every turn in the grocery store. (Peeps, I promise, there is enough food for everyone!)
And let's not forget unmet expectations, christmas lists, office parties, decorating, baking, church musicals, and family visits. It's enough to make you want to pack the yule log back in the attic until next year.
As I approach this week, I anticipate time with family and friends, candlelight Christmas Eve service, delicious food, and the enjoyment of giving and receiving gifts. I love Christmas! It always has been, and will remain, my favorite holiday all year. There is something about the music, the smells, and the awe and wonder of it all that makes my heart skip a beat.
As much as I love this holiday, there always seems to be something or some point at which my blood pressure goes up. I start to lose touch with reality and I get tense. It could be a line at a store, getting stuck in traffic, or an unnecessary comment probably uttered without previous thought, but that I will hold on to for days to come.
There must be a way to circle back...to recover? There are moments each year when I need to stop and recover Christmas. COME BACK JOY! COME BACK!
I know that I am not alone in my quest to preserve Christmas and all it should stand for (in spite of the fact that I spend countless hours worrying about things that should have no bearing on it whatsoever).
When you are having a moment think of me. I'll be praying for you, and you can pray for me too. And when you have a time to stop, let this humble little video bring you back from the chaos to the manger.