The Imperfection of Christmas

Hello friends! I've missed you over the last three months! The blog break was just what I needed...in ways that only God could've known. {It's a good thing I didn't know what was coming down the pike or I might have crawled under a rock!}

The card season was one of my best yet in terms of design inspiration, finding balance and living in the present, but my personal life took some unexpected turns. A faith journey is like that.

I'm not sure if I'm ready to jump back in to blogging just yet, but as I ponder what is real about Christmas, I have some thoughts I wanted to share. The imperfection of Christmas just keeps burning a hole in my heart.

I LOVE CHRISTMAS. It's why I spend three months of the year designing Christmas cards. When I'm in my studio, my heart is at peace. Instead of hustling and bustling around town, I get to be still and let the joy and truth of the season flow into every design. It still astounds me that people pay me to do this!

But then I come up for air in mid-December and feel bombarded by what the world says Christmas is all about: the perfect gift, the perfect packaging, the perfect crafting, baking and decorating. Perfectionism abounds.

I can play that game {and have for years}, but this year, circumstances won't allow it. {Weighty things beyond my control.} And while I feel a bit disoriented by all the imperfection, I'm thankful for the opportunity to embrace it.

Because here's the deal: Christmas isn't about perfection. In fact, the first Christmas was motivated by imperfection.

He who was perfect left His seat of glory to rescue an imperfect people. He who was perfect took on the imperfect form of human flesh...a baby no less. He who was perfect set aside all the splendors of heaven for a most imperfect arrival. The King of Kings was born in a dirty, poopy manger! {Have you slept in a stable lately?} Nothing perfect about it.

And yet everything about His coming is perfect. We live in the tension of the first and second coming of Jesus, and it isn't always easy. But everything is exactly as it's supposed to be...for now.

On that note, I'd love to show you what lies beneath our Christmas tree...

Not the presents {we're giving more to those in need
than to each other this year}, but the tree skirt...

A daily reminder for me to embrace imperfection...even my own. Without my imperfection, and without the imperfection of this world, we wouldn't need Christmas. We wouldn't need God with us.

I'll never know how my custom order of Joyeux Noël became Joyeux No 1 {American monogram machines don't speak French?}, but I'm keeping it!

Wishing you deep joy this Christmas,


  1. Merry Christmas, Linsey! I'm not sure what is/has been going on but you sound rather heavy hearted. No need to share more, but know you'll be in my prayers. I do miss you & your blog and hope, when the time is right, you'll be back. Wishing you and your gorgeous family a peaceful, imperfectly perfect, Christmas! xo, Tessa
    ps. the monogrammed tree skirt - brilliant!! you'll laugh about that for years!!

  2. It was so good to see this post come up. I have so missed you so much, your words and the truth that you share with all of us lucky readers. You have such a gift, and this post is a perfect example of that gift. These were just the words that I needed to hear today and I have never thought about Christmas in this light. You are so right about it being about imperfection...gives me chills and such peace.
    Thanks friend. Wishing you the merriest imperfect Christmas. Hugs.

  3. Wishing you and yours a most blessed Christmas Linsey. And thank you for your words of wisdom for what Christmas is truly about.

  4. praying for you tonight and in the days ahead.....God knows every detail of your situation, and he is and will always be your rescue.

    I love that you are keeping your tree skirt...what a wonderful reminder that life isn't perfect...things happen each and every day all around us to prove it.

    Merry Christmas, Linsey!

  5. Oh Linsey, I can't begin to tell you how much this post has touched my heart - I am now happy to serve our meal on the table cloth I haven't quite finished and put away the rest of the decorations that I just haven't had time to put up. They don't matter and as long as I don't poison anyone with the meal I will relax and actually enjoy the celebrations this year. Last year I had it all timed to military precision, even had a time slot allocated for present opening - that's just not right!!!!! Oh and I also think someone just has to write a new carol with the words "poopy manger" in it! I do hope that you enjoy your Christmas and send you the very Merriest of Christmas wishes, joy, health and happiness for the New Year - Glenda xxx

  6. Linsey.....I took me a LONG time to get over perfect.....and boy it sure does feel good not to have that burden everyday. Thanks for the reminder of what Christmas is all about, and please enjoy your holiday no matter what it takes.

  7. Hello Sunshine! Was tickled beyond pink to see a post from you come across my inbox this Christmas Eve morning. Dear Friend, covering you with whispered prayers. Trusting him to complete all things for GOOD. Side note--want you to know that my house is so very, very, very far from perfect. Haven't done 1/2 of what I thought I would do . . . And I'm just going to focus on GRACE, MERCY and the small, sticky hands that continue to wrap themselves about my legs. My only hope is Him!!! Merry Christmas, Linsey-Girl. Love you so very much! Amanda

  8. Now isn't that wild. I love when things like that happen, and you get just what you need, right when you need it.

    What a great reminder to keep merriness and joy the top priority no matter what.

    Have a blessed Christmas, Linsey.

  9. I can hear what is not being said.
    There is always that deep longing to please Him
    To separate oneself from the I between tension and immerse ourselves in His beauty.
    And ever grasping that He loves us with our imperfections and can only offer tears as a gift because it is all we really all we have.
    I would keep it too...it was a God thing;)
    Love and hugs

  10. beautiful, linsey. hope your christmas was wonderfully imperfect!

  11. Curious. How do words get so mixed up sometimes? Curious thoughts. I confess I have never thought of Christmas as imperfect. You are absolutely right! I just love the thought. Glad I have a whole year now to consider that.

    Prayers for strength in the climb...

    Be blessed

  12. I hear you friend, I hear you. Wonderful post! I love reading you thoughts here and I am so grateful that you shared them! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  13. You are a most faithful group of readers. Thank you for leaving your thoughtful words. It's good to know you're still out there!


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