The thing is, I don't want to miss Christmas with them because I am stressed and trying to make everything perfect. I don't want to stress anyone else out and make them not enjoy this blessed time of year because of a momma that is too busy.
The joy of Christmas is for everyone, even tired mommas. That is the beauty of the true meaning if Christmas.
One of my favorite parts of Christmas story is the end, after the shepherds had come to worship and they left to glorify the Lord. Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. I love that so much. She was quiet and contemplative. She thought about the wonders of that night often. Mary was a resilient woman. I think that has to be one of her most interesting qualities. She didn't need a perfect place to have her baby. She didn't need the perfect life. I believe she treasured what she had and was peaceful and contented.
Today is Christmas Eve and I have a very long to do list but I want to make sure I am peaceful and content. I hope to focus on the joy of Christ's birth and create a warm atmosphere in my home. I do want to add in some meaningful and fun activities for my kids to enjoy the wonder of Christmas. I want to take part in them as well. You may think that you don't have any time to sit and decorate a cookie but you do. It may take five minutes but it is a memory that will last a lifetime and bond you to your children.
As I do Christmas this year I will be careful to be resilient and that things don't have to be perfect for them to be wonderful. I want my kids to enjoy the wonder of Christmas today so I made a list...
Things they will remember:
A smiling momma
The wonderful smells of Christmas...turkey roasting, candles burning, wassail warming, cookies baking.
The sounds of Christmas...the festive music, the Christmas movies, the stories of Christmas fun in the past.
The activities of Christmas...the gingerbread house making, the cookie baking, the present wrapping, the hot cocoa sipping.
Things they won't remember:
If the house was clean.
If they all had the exact number of presents.
If the cookies came from a mix.
As I go throughout this day, this Christmas Eve, I want my children to be happy. I want them to remember why we celebrate Christmas. I want their home to filled with joy and peace. I want the sounds and smells of this Christmas to permeate their minds and memories for years to come.
I am going to tackle my to do list early and hopefully get most of it accomplished before they wake up so we can focus on the fun and true blessings of Christmas. But if I don't get it all done, I am going to purposefully choose joy. I will have list of Christmas movies to play in the background while I cook and I will have my little elves wrapping presents and decorating cookies. I am praying I can point them to Jesus as we celebrate His birth.
Many blessings to all of you and praying you have a peaceful Christmas.
Grace and peace,