Book: Proverbs 17
“Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting – and conflict.”
Christmas morning was always exciting in our home growing up. Besides the usual opening of stockings, anticipation of what gifts we would receive there was also breakfast. Now this might sound a little crazy, but I always looked forward to Christmas breakfast. Let me back up to the night before Christmas. In preparation for the big Christmas dinner with family and friends we would prepare the stuffing. To do this we would take white sliced bread and cut off the crust. The crust was saved for Christmas breakfast where we would place some in a bowl, put brown sugar on it and pour warm milk over it. This was an incredible breakfast to me. There was something about that breakfast that was peaceful. Christmas was a time of peace, joy and alot of laughing in our home.
Today that Christmas breakfast seems like a poor man’s breakfast. I am not too sure my children would enjoy it as much as I did back then.
In some homes, Christmas day could be described with the words, conflict, tension and anger. Each year it is hoped that it might be different but it always seems to turn out the same. A bowl of crust with brown sugar and milk on it would joyfully be exchanged for all the trouble if peace and joy came with it.
As I look back to when I was a child at Christmas, my parents spent time preparing for the big day. Instead of having to rush things on Christmas Eve or Christmas day they would prepare days in advance. Each of us had jobs to do. The baking was done weeks before. The presents were wrapped and under the tree days before with a few special ones held back until Christmas morning. The result was a peaceful enjoyable Christmas season for all.
I encourage you to take these last eight days before Christmas to prepare well for those you will be spending time with. Spending quality peaceful time with family and friends is more important than rushing around last minute giving gifts that don’t come with Peace and Joy.