By Darci Claggett
Cherished Women’s Blog Writer
The other night at the dinner table, I excitedly asked my kids, “What’s your favorite part about going to the Christmas tree farm?”
I imagined their answers would be something like: “We love trekking through the sandy fields searching for the perfect tree to cut down and picking out our favorite ornament in Santa’s Gift Shop. We love getting lost in the Twelve Days of Christmas Maze. Oh and the zip lines and bonfire, too!”
Instead, their joyful voices proclaimed in unison, “The kettle corn!”
For the past 9 years, we have been carrying on a long standing family tradition, driving an hour north to pick out and cut down our own Christmas tree for KETTLE CORN?!
I mean, yeah, the homemade kettle corn is awesome, but is that SERIOUSLY their favorite?
My fragile, tradition driven heart was saddened by this revelation of kettle corn love!
But, maybe it’s not the act of the tradition itself as much as it is about spending time with one another.
Looking back on all the years I went to the Christmas tree farm with Dad when I was a kid, I realize it really wasn’t about the tree or the hot chocolate; it was about creating memories and just being in his presence.
It reminds me of the story of Martha & Mary. Martha distracted by preparations, and Mary being present with the Lord (Luke 10:38-42). Martha was so focused on “doing,” whereas Mary was focused on “being.”
Our family traditions are like that. We focus on the task (cooking, eating, shopping, picking out Christmas trees, decorating) and forget about basking in the presence of our loved ones.
Traditions are wonderful, but if we let the doing get in the way of being, the blessings are lost.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, my kids will be focused on bags of sweet popped goodness and I’ll be focused on cutting down the perfect tree, but our hearts will be focused on being in each other’s presence.
Friend, as you carry out your family traditions this holiday season, remember to focus on “being” rather than “doing.” You will surely be blessed.