It's 10:54 p.m.
I'm sitting here with a little bowl of Life cereal. The cinnamon kind.
I couldn't fall asleep. The to-do's are too busy racing around in my mind.
December is just so busy. Everyone's lists of things to do are a mile long. I know I'm in good company. There are lots of gifts to buy/give, cookies to bake, places to go, cards to send, things to wrap, movies to watch, etc. I don't want to forget anything. Or miss anything. Or leave anything out.
It's hard not to feel frantic. Or behind. Or like I wish it was December 1st again. I think I'd be happy to rewind a few months, actually!
Today I was grateful for a simple sharing time in Primary. We got to talk about remembering Jesus during the sacrament. In those few minutes of reading scriptures about our Savior, I felt his love. I felt grateful. I know that simply remembering Him, his birth, life, death, example, atonement, and LOVE -- will help me feel peace and calm and happiness.
I read this quote today from Thomas S. Monson:
"Let us make Christmas real. It isn't just tinsel and ribbon, unless we have made it so in our lives. Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. It is peace because we have found peace in the Savior's teachings. It is the time we realize most deeply that the more love is expended, the more there is of it for others."
Those are some good words.
Here's to a great 18 more days before Christmas :)