The Innkeeper in Us Must Decide


Every December I drag out all my holiday inspiration books and magazines. I love the beautiful themed rooms with matching paper and bows on packages. My intention is to have a Martha Stewart Christmas, everything just right, but something happens between this enthusiasm and the execution of my plans. After all, all those flowers will be costly.  Maybe I should use up last year’s wrapping paper. If I strip away shelves and available surfaces for all the Christmas things, where will I store my books and antique glass and platters? My ChristmasI balloon begins to loose air and my feet drift slowly towards the floor.


Check out my Christmas Themed Pinterest Boards for Inspiration

The Martha Stewart part of me want to be let loose, but Advent is not to be missed because of all the work and obsessing. If Jesus is to be born once again in my heart, I must prepare to make room for this birth. There will be flowers, beautiful ornaments and good food, ideas borrowed from the perusal of holiday magazines, but in the end, less Martha Stewart and more Stepheny. The creche nestled in greens, a lit candle beside Mary and her child, and most importantly, leaving time throughout Advent to prepare to receive the gift of this Christ child come Christmas. This will more than make up for plans of perfection that are now on hold for another year.


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
This entry was posted in SFH Reflections and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s