Let There Be Peace on Earth!

‘Tis the season!

Once a year our physical mailboxes get more attention than our email inboxes. Here come the Christmas cards!

Oh, the dilemmas! Do we send a picture? Should it include us or just the kids? (Really, does everyone need to know about those extra 10 pounds?) Do we look happy enough? Do we look too happy? How much do we say? What about our struggles? Our accomplishments? How do we sum a year in a card?

We sent my favorite card ever ten years ago—before the digital era (and the arrival of the other half of our family). In my young mom wisdom, I attempted taking the Christmas card picture in the back yard after church since the boys were already dressed up. Clever, huh? They were also tired and hungry. The photo session quickly dissolved into a fight.

I picked up the prints at our local Walgreens, praying that at least one would look decent. One of them just had to show our cute boys, smiling happily, representing our beautiful, problem-less family.

And there it was! The two boys sat, turned to face each other. The younger one had his face twisted in anger as he pinched his brother’s arm. The older one’s arm was raised in mid-air, about to come in for the smack.

And I sent it. After all, that’s who we really are. We are squabbling children, caught between the now and the not yet–awaiting rescue from ourselves, awaiting our Savior.

Inside it read:

The wolf shall also dwell with the lamb,

The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,

The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;

And a little child shall lead them.

Isaiah 11:6

Maybe Isaiah should have included, “Small boys will play happily together.”

The grandparents were a little horrified at the card, but our young parent friends thought it was hilarious. More than one friend confided, “I loved your card! It’s still on the fridge.” They could all relate. Isn’t it marvelous to know we are not alone and that someday relief will come? One day the lion will play with lamb and a little child shall lead them.

He is coming! Hallelujah! Merry Christmas!

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  • http://olderthanjesus.blogspot.com Alison Hodgson

    Thanks for the post.

    “Do we look happy enough? Do we look too happy?” Really get it.

    I would have loved to have received that card.

  • http://www.christianmothering.com Susan @ christianmothering.com

    Maybe Isaiah should have included, “Small boys will play happily together.”

    Ah… Beautiful, honest parenting. I love it!

  • Anna Quinn

    Thanks, Alison! I just realized that the picture of the card hadn’t posted. It’s up now. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Anna Quinn

    Thanks, Susan! I hope you and yours have a merry Christmas!

  • millie

    Great job Anna and thanks for adding the picture! The boys picture is priceless!

  • Tara Edelschick

    Love that picture. Thanks for sharing it!

  • http://thefloodedfishbowl.com Rae

    Ok, Anna. I think you have just seriously tipped the scales of my own posting of a similar nature. I have a post in draft of Christmas cards/photos of the past and it’s been sitting there for about three weeks. I think I’m going to have pull it out and finish it. My favorite, also from ten years ago (maybe 11), is the central theme.

  • Ginny

    Great post! Great photo! I go through the same dilemma every year–how to convey joy, gratitude, hope, humility, and honesty… without embarrassing any of my children. “Here is our family, warts and all, praise the Lord for His faithfulness!”

  • Tina

    I still have this picture, Marianna! :)

  • Julie

    I couldn’t help thinking of Psalm 133:1, which was our constant prayer whenever we launched a vacation trip…

    Psalm 133: 1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
    For brothers to dwell together in unity!