December 2011 Desktop Wallpaper

Christmas sneaks up on me every year, no matter how determined I am to be prepared. This year, I’m really hoping to reach my kids’ hearts and teach the real meaning of the season.

My husband and I saw A Christmas Carol this week at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, and then we streamed a movie of it at home the next night with the kids. While the story focuses on the material, it ultimately shows it as a tool to bless others, not to hoard or covet.

We’re trying to gently teach our kids that just because it’s December (and the sale flyers are everywhere), there isn’t suddenly more money in the bank account. I hope we can take joy in our tree standing in the corner; the stockings hanging from the mantel; the antics of our Elf on the Shelf; mugs of hot cider and chocolate; classic Christmas carols and movies. I want our kids to look beyond what they ask for and whether they get it, and see the joy and rebirth of the season.

For me, I hope to enjoy Christmas for what it is—a time to celebrate the birth of Christ with friends and family—rather than an occasion to feel stressed and inadequate.

I hope this wallpaper brightens your desktop this December.

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