i’m not ready for christmas

It’s Christmas week. Six more sleeps until the big day.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready.

Well, I’m “ready”… as in baking done, meal planned, gifts purchased, house decked out… and of course I’m excited. So excited. But I’m not ready, because as quickly as it comes it’s gone again – tucked away for another year. And another year just feels so far away.

I want this next week to go slowly.

I want to linger and drink up all the Christmas goodness that I can hold – every last drop.

I want to enjoy watching my almost-two-year-old as he redecorates the bottom third of the tree for the 53rd time.

I want more days of dressing my almost-three-month-old in only a diaper and the silly red and white striped elf hat that my husband we insisted we buy (that I’ve now come to love).

I want to listen to my “Christmas Faves” playlist at least another 35 times.

I want to have many more nights of the TV off and the tree lights on.

I want more cards and photos from loved ones showing up in my mailbox.

I want a “good reason” to sing carols to my boys at bedtime for another several weeks.

I want cookies to be at my finger tips for much, much longer.

But Christmas does not hold back. Each year it comes charging forward as the year’s end transfers to the fast track and takes us all by surprise… yet again.

It’s coming in a matter of days. I’m so ready… and I’m so not ready.

Dear friends, how do you feel about Christmas fast approaching? Are you ready?



The Paper Mama


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Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • Angel
    20 December 2011 at 7:15 am

    First I want to say that I have been ind of a bad bog friend lately, I haven’t commented for a while. Not that I haven’t been reading, I stalk you from my google home page, and am so glad you are back. I haven’t had an over abundance of time lately, I know you can relate. 🙂 I just wanted to let you know that I have been here reading and cheering you on.

    I absolutely adore the pictures of Jude(this post and last) with that stripey hat, he is so beautiful. And the picture of Levi with the Christmas lights, I had missed that the first time it posted so glad you reposted, too cute!! I am not ready for this holiday to be here and gone, I am having way too much fun watching Christmasy shows with my girl, and singing and dancing with her to the Christmas songs. She is two now and I am so loving her new awareness and understanding of things. While I can’t wait to watch her open her gifts and be excited, the feeling of closeness and cozy in my home right now is priceless and I don’t want to let it go.

    I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!!!

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      2 January 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks so much Angel! YES, we DID have a wonderful Christmas?? Isn’t it so fun with a toddle? Levi was hilarious and adorable this year. Of course Jude slept through it all. haha. I hope you have an amazing new year. May it be your best yet! Big blessings to you and your sweet daughter! x

  • Gail
    22 December 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Me either, I am so not ready for Christmas to be here and gone….My 7 year old grand son said to day..I can hardly wait until Christmas. And of course I answer, we need to make some more memories for this Wonderful Season, and his reply was…but we are making memories, the days just rush by and it will be Christmas soon and we can open presents…And then his brother who is 10 said…going to church is my favorite part of Christmas. Brought tears to my eyes…what a gift to hear that from him..he is so getting what his parents try to teach and then the leaders here at church ..so that made my day !!!! So as we prepare for this wonderful day at church and so many come to worship and learn more about him…I so want the next two days to slow down too….Merry Christmas to you and your family…

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      2 January 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks Gail!! We DID have a wonderful Christmas! I hope you did too. It must be so much more fun with both “children” AND grandchildren around!! 🙂 And yeah, I LOVE church at Christmas especially. It’s actually one of the things I miss most about Christmas living here. There’s just nothing like it. Here churches have service on Christmas day. I love Christmas Eve church… and I love staying HOME for Christmas day. *sigh*

      Happy New Year to you! Hope it’s amazing!!


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