Since doing my Dare in October, life seems to have moved pretty fast. November was a blur of midterms, final projects, and clinical days. Not to mention kick-ass floor hockey games. Before I knew it, it was December and I was wrapping up clinical at SickKids, doing SIM lab demos, and preparing to write my final exams. Now, the school work is over, and I have time to breathe again. In other words, I have a life again (but only until January 4th).
Since finishing up my exams last Wednesday, I’ve been cramming my days full of things I’ve been meaning to do for ages and I’ve been picking up work shifts. First item on the agenda: CLEANING THE HOUSE!! The dust bunnies have been staring me down and I promised myself to wait until after exams to clean. I was itching to get going, and I knew once I started, there was no going back. So last weekend, M and I cleaned every surface in the apartment and took the time to purge some stuff that really needed to be disposed of. Once that was all taken care of, we celebrated our good work with decorating for Christmas!
Really, there is nothing I love more than having a house full of Christmas lights, and spreading a little cheer with cute angels, snowmen, and penguins with Christmas hats. It makes me remember happy things, and it’s a way of celebrating the amazing event that is Christmas. I know it may seem like I’m just giving in to the commercial side with my types of decorations, but my heart knows that what I’m really feeling is the joy of the season that comes from knowing that the peace of Christ came to earth for all of us. Such an amazing gift!
I guess now that I have time to think about the season, I really need to ensure that I enfuse the power of the gift of life Jesus brought to us in everything I do for Christmas. The cookies I make should be made with love, because Christ showed us the meaning of loving others. The Christmas lights should be reminders of the light of Jesus, brought to those who sat in darkness, a light that changes everything! The decorations should be ways of praising the Prince of Peace! Everything should exude peace, love, joy, and hope.
That is my Christmas wish as we wind down 2009. Praise to the Lord, Christ has come, Hallelujah!