Dec 21, 2011

things that really matter

Our first ornament. We were given it last December (the month we got engaged).

For some reason I thought it was good idea to procrastinate all the Christmas activities until after finals week ended. Now that I am cramming everything into one week, I’m having second thoughts about that one. I feel like I have gone to bed every night with at least 10 things still on my to-do list. I feel like I have spent most of my time shopping for gifts for family & friends (as well as wrapping them). Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But, it kind of keeps me from being able to truly enjoy the Christmas season.

I started thinking this morning about all the things that I have to be happy about this season. All the things OTHER THAN gifts.

My husband and I are getting to spend our first married Christmas together. At first I was upset because we haven’t had much time to decorate or just spend time watching Christmas movies. But then I realized that it doesn’t really matter. Even if our first Christmas together isn’t the picture perfect sequence of events I had pre-planned in my head, it is still always going to be our first Christmas and that in itself is special. Just the fact that we have each other and I get to wake up Christmas morning to his face is enough.

The weather we have been having is awesome. I can’t lie, I would love to have a white Christmas with snow and everything. But, the 50 degree weather has been a nice change. I love not having to bundle up to go outside and I loved not having to trek to class in the snow these last few weeks. My friends and I have an annual Christmas party get-together. Last year we had to leave early because the snow and ice were getting so bad. This year, I wore a light jacket and it rained.

My Savior is the best gift I have ever received, and it’s a never-ending gift. Okay, so maybe I am going to mention “gifts” but not the kind you buy at the store. I’m thankful year-round that God sent His son, but Christmas time is always a nice reminder that he has given all of us the best gift that could ever be given. He sent His son to die on a cross for us so that we could be washed clean of our sins and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. All because he loves us that much. The best gift that could ever and will ever be given.


  1. I hope you enjoy your first Christmas with your new husband!! :)

  2. good post. i tend to think about being homesick this time of year, but I am blessed to be with my husband and that we are both healthy and happy. 

    Thanks for the reminder Jessica.

  3. Firstly, i hope you fit in everything that you want to now that it's "christmas time" and finals are over :) hehe And your right... the best gift is Jesus :)
    You look super cute in the photos dear!