It seems like this happens every year.
Thanksgiving is a couple of days behind me, and I determine I’m going to make this year the Christmas season where I’m truly resting in the midst of the busy-ness of it all. I decide to cut back on activities and things I feel obligated to complete.
Each year I promise myself I’m going to come upon Christmas Day rested and worshiping my Savior, grateful for all that the Day represents.
And almost every year Christmas Day arrives and I am weary. I forget to give myself grace.
I’m finally beginning to figure things out. I am a mother of teenaged boys. We have family who live in faraway places. Our boys have concerts. Hubs has work parties. I have invitations to gatherings. In this season of life, I am not sure there is a place called “completely rested.”
Am I giving up on this aspiration? NO!
But, I’m giving myself grace . . .
*To be a little tired come Christmas morning. Preparing so that the day is special for my loved ones takes time, effort, and energy. And it’s worth it to me to invest this so we can make special memories as a family.
*To say yes to some (not all) things I enjoy so that the season doesn’t feel like all work and no fun.
*To say no to some activities others say are important or “must’s for your perfect Christmas.” Is there really such a thing anyway?
*To not try to fit in everything I want to do or feel like I need to do.
I’m choosing to remember that the main reason we celebrate Christmas is to remember Jesus’ birth and the ultimate gift of eternal life He offers to each person who believes in Him.
Some of the things I really want to do won’t be accomplished this year. And that’s okay.
If I can come to Christmas morning knowing I’ve honored the Lord in my heart, that I’ve done what I can to point my boys and those around me to Jesus, then that’s enough.
I’m choosing not to pressure myself to do it all.
I’ve decided to take a blogging break. Y’all know my family is my world. We only have a few years left with our boys under our roof, and I want to make the most of the time we have.
I want the opportunity to create memories with them this Christmas. And I want the memories they have of this season not to be peppered with stressed-out words from their mama’s lips.
I will be praying for you all this Christmas season, and I’ll look forward to beginning a new year and a new decade with you!
May the Lord fill your Christmas season with many glimpses of His love for you. As you prepare to celebrate Christmas the way your family does, may you sense the gift of His presence in your days.
Please know that you all mean the world to me and I thank the Lord often for you, my readers. Thank you for your encouraging words and insightful comments this year.
And, in the meantime, may God bless us, every one.
What about you? What is one Christmas tradition that is special to you? How do you keep Jesus first in this busy season?
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