The theme of my life these days has become "joy in the mess." But it seems that when it comes to Christmas, I slide back into that delusion that things can always be perfect--especially my high hopes of decorating, baking and crafting with my preschool princesses.
In honor of my commitment to celebrating a down-to-earth Christmas and refusing to allow that craving for perfectionism to take over, I decided that our first Christmas craft would be a colorful and non-traditional, "Messy Advent Banner."
For the entire project, head over and read my guest post for Jennifer and the Studio JRU Creative Christmas Series!
I already know that I'll keep the banner up long after Christmas has come and gone--it's just so colorful and sweet! And I want the joy and anticipation of Christmas to invade every other mundane day of my life.
After all, isn't that the heart of Christmas? It's all about the Love of a Savior who came down to live among us, to wholeheartedly throw Himself into the messy struggle of the human race, to redeem it and make it more beautiful than ever. He loves us just as we are--no need to stress over being "perfect" for Him. He was born into this world on Christmas Day--right in the middle of a beautiful mess.