Slow Down. Experience. Appreciate.

I’m sure you’ve noticed. The red and green are popping up in stores. The decor is beginning to sparkle with silver and gold. Some of you are thrilled and some of you aren’t.

I won’t lie- I’m one of those who’s ecstatic about the fast approaching Christmas season. Having the new album of holiday music and preparing for the upcoming concerts is part of it. But not all. There’s more to it than that.

My brother, his wife, and 2 small children spent the past weekend at my house. Before their visit, while I was excited to have them come, I kept running through my to-do list and thinking of all the work that had to be done. I kept thinking that the timing was bad. Couldn’t their visit be at a different time of year? This is my “work-hard and git’er-done” season. Make my list, check it twice. Check it off.

But now, reflecting on the weekend, the timing was perfect. Spending time with them and playing with my niece and nephew was the exact reminder I needed as we plow into Thanksgiving and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It’s not the stuff. Not the shopping. Not the checklists. Those things aren’t wrong, they’re just not the main point.
Relationships on the other hand, They matter. They take time. And they’re worth investing in.

Slow down.