I had to laugh at my friend’s opening sentence for today’s guest blog post. I love her honesty! And I’ll be honest too, there was a part of me that wasn’t looking forward to Christmas this year either. I’ve taken on a huge responsibility at P31 (which I LOVE) and my husband has a lot of work (which I LOVE) but it’s meant a lot less free time.
That’s why my Sweet & Simple Christmas series was as much for me as it was for you. I need to remember that I can’t do it all. And that’s okay.
So long as my heart is set on Jesus, everything else can either fall in line or fall away. What matters is my heart is honoring Christmas even if my tree is still standing bare in front of the living room, and decorations are still in boxes.
Both happen to be true.
I hope you enjoy today’s reminder of what’s important by my friend Lynn Cowell. Oh how I needed to read this today. Please keep reading till the end because Lynn has a recipe to share.
Here’s Lynn …
Several years ago, it hit me.
I didn’t like Christmas.
I no longer enjoyed the decorations; too many.
The baking overwhelmed me; too sweet.
The presents felt more like expectations; too much.
I wanted to quit Christmas.
That was before I realized I don’t have to do it all! By asking my family which traditions were the most important, I could scale back and still have a memorable holiday season.
One change that has made a difference is combining; bringing together several activities at once.
During the Christmas season serving, spending special time together and baking are things I value. Why not do it all at the same time?
Last year, I gathered together the small group of high school girls I mentor. With some favorite Christmas recipes, I set up stations in my kitchen for making sugary treats. Each one had the utensils needed as well as the ingredients nearby. I paired the girls up and let them go!
Is it messy? Absolutely!
Noisy? For sure!
Most of all, we have fun! The goal is not candy that is pretty or made just right. Instead, it is memories of learning to bake, learning to laugh and learning to give.
By the end of our hour and a half together, we have treats that we can then share with the elderly represented in our group. Serving, time together and baking all rolled into one!
Is my Christmas the perfect “Southern Living” holiday? Not by any means, but it is peaceful and that is worth everything!
Can I tell you a little secret just between me and you? I still have an attic full of wreaths, one for each window that I never have put up. I used to feel guilty each December when I pulled out my decorations. Not anymore. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells me, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:” The “season” for those wreaths just hasn’t come yet!
Lynn gave me a recipe to share with you all. Hopefully you’ll enjoy making these cookies along with Liz’s grandmother’s ginger cookies from yesterday! (NOTE from Glynnis: scroll down to read a typed version of the Peanut Butter Ball recipe for easier reading)
Lynn Cowell is an author and a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker. She has been married for over 25 years to her husband great, has a grown son and two daughters in high school. She has written two books “His Revolutionary Love” and “Devotions for a Revolutionary Year”. Her favorite things include the mountains, well-worn sweatshirts and anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter.
Peanut Butter Balls
1 lb. margarine
2 c. peanut butter
2-1/2 to 3 lbs. confectioners sugar
3 tsp. vanilla
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate pieces or semi-sweet chocolate sq.
¼ lb. paraffin
Cream margarine and peanut butter. Add sugar until the consistency to form into balls the size of large marbles. Add vanilla. Mix thoroughly, using hands. Melt chocolate and paraffin in small double boiler. Dip balls in chocolate, using a toothpick. Place on waxed paper to cool. NOTE: Candy freezes well. Yeild: 125 pieces.
Congratulations to the following two women who won a copy of one of Liz Curtis Higgs’ newest books, The Girl’s Still Got it and A Wreath of Snow.
Cam who posted on 2012/12/13 at 9:51 am
Jamie who posted on 2012/12/13 at 4:33 am