Why does it seem as if with every passing year, the holiday season tends to get just a little more
S T R E S S F U L?
I mean, don't get me wrong. I LOVE this time of year. Absolutely love everything about it. The music. The lights that leave my house lit up at night from our Christmas tree (first Christmas in the new house by the way...what, what). I love the way my sweet little Scarlett wants to do all the things with me. Bake, shop, decorate (and destroy...oh brother are we ever in that season). I love seeing family. I love getting all dressed up and going to do all the things. I love the snow. The sweater weather. The smell of Christmas candy.
There's not many others out there who love this time of year quite like I do, but even still...I am finding that the older my little girl gets, the more stressful it's seeming to become. Why is this? It's as if every year, the Christmas standards raise just a little higher. The presents need to be just a little nicer, just a little more expensive than the ones that were acceptable last year. The calendar needs to be just a little more packed. There needs to be just one more house that we make a stop at on Christmas day. There needs to be more Christmas activities for Scarlett to be apart of. Oh, and don't forget all of the Christmas weddings happening in my life this year. When we do busy, we really mean busy. My brother in law is getting married and and both my people (my Scarlett and Daniel) are in it.
Busy. Busy. Busy.
I'm sensing this trend, you guys.
It's this trend of more.
More. More. More.
And I think if we're not careful, it could absolutely suck our joy out of the entire season of Christmas for you and I. The world in general is always pushing on us to get more, work for more, do more, be more, have more. Even as I think about what all I want to get for Scarlett this Christmas, it's as if I'm basing my list off of what everyone else might think if we skimp out this year. What in the world? Why does my mind immediately go to what everyone else is doing or what everyone else will think if we decide to give less this year?
I'm trying to figure this out...and I have a feeling I'm not alone.
It's the plague of feeling like you can never give enough or have enough, and girl, this madness has got to end!
Sweet mama on the other side of this screen, I know you're busy. I know you love your precious babies and I know that you want nothing more than to do so much for your kiddos this year. I also know that you're more than likely stressed to the max over the busy-ness that the Holidays bring...
and because of that, I want to give you permission.
Permission this Christmas to pump the breaks for a bit.
Permission to slow down and savor the things that are most important.
Permission to give you freedom to cancel plans if it means that you'll get to sit at home with those little answered prayers of yours, bake Christmas cookies, watch that favorite Christmas movie and spend the night snuggling together instead.
Take a second to reflect on our Savior, on the whole reason for Christmas in the first place. All the things we love so much about this time of year doesn't hold a candle to the Son of God, the hope of the world. This year, instead of just giving my sweet girl more toys, more things that will eventually collect dust, I want to spend my time investing in her heart, giving her all of my attention and affection this year. I want to spend my time giving her Jesus, giving her the real reason for the the season.
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David the Savior, which is Christ the Lord..." Luke 2:11
"Look! The Lamb of God! Who takes away the sins of the world!" John 1:29
"Behold, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and they will call Him Emmanuel..." Matthew 1:23
"Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted among the earth.." Psalm 46:10
"I have come so that you may have life and have it in abundance..." John 10:10
There's so much more to Christmas than our busy schedule, sweet friend. Take time this Christmas season to stop, to recognize that if not for Jesus, there would be no salvation, no hope for the world, no redemption, no clean slates...
and definitely no Christmas.
Spend this holiday season enjoying the ones you love, with a thankful heart for our Savior above.