Two Turtle Doves
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me…two turtle candies and two dove chocolates…and two tree shaped cookies…and two pieces of cranberry bread…and… you get the picture. The holiday season comes hand in hand with two things: food and stress. It seems like everywhere you look there is a kind co-worker with a plate of homemade cookies (raise your hand if YOU are that coworker) or a friend with a gift bag full of candies (again, raise your hand) and then you go home for Christmas dinner and there is food for days. It can be hard to say no and then when we don’t we beat ourselves up for not making the healthy choices we know we should be (anybody else convicted by Hannah’s post for day 7?).
During a time of year when everything gets a little hectic, finding the perfect gift, standing in long lines at the mall, finding a dog sitter for the family trip to Florida, fighting the extra traffic to and from work everyday why don’t we give ourselves a little wiggle room in the food department? I’m not saying you need to eat everything in sight but I am saying that if you do, don’t beat yourself up over it! Everyone is always saying “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today” but I think sometimes it’s important to remember that you can’t undo what you did today but you can always do better tomorrow. So maybe our tomorrow should be December 26th or even January 1st, either way it’s sweater season until at least March so I vote that during this season of accepting Jesus’s grace for our sins, we also show ourselves some grace for our snacks and leave room to focus on which one of those two is really important.