Need a Little Calm in Your Christmas?

Christmas... What a fun, crazy, fast-paced, hectic time of year!  But in all our busyness of doing Christmas, have we forgotten to actually enjoy and rest in the spirit of Christmas and what it really means? 

Taking some excerpts from a beautiful blog by my good friend, Christen writes, "Instead of peace, I feel panicked... December is filled with wisdom about how to make the holidays special for your family.  There are countless posts about things to do with your kids this holiday season.  Other friends post on Facebook that the Christmas cards are out, presents wrapped and tree decorated.  How is it possible to chill out yet get everything done?  Lists and calendars are good because they help me stay organized but these tools can easily become weapons of mass destruction to my Type-A personality.  I've got to learn how to live with not having everything checked off my list and be okay with that.  We have to remember that our kids care more about having a happy mommy instead of a red and green obsessed crazy mommy."  (Click here to read more of Christen's When Mom Isn't So Merry)

Friends, we are not the first to struggle with balancing all the crazy to do lists, preparing for company, planning parties, and pulling off the perfect Christmas celebration.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed - or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.
— Luke 10:38-42

Like Martha, are we so busy making every surface sparkle with Santas and twinkly lights that we forget to pause and watch those dancing lights reflecting off our children's faces?  Are we so busy planning and pulling off the perfect party that we forget that the first Christmas party was a Bring Your Own Everything little get together in a stable?  There is nothing in the world wrong with Christmas parties and decorations, but they can so easily become a distraction to those few things that really matter.  Christmas isn't about Santa and beautiful trees, or festive parties, or Christmas cards getting mailed out before Christmas Eve.  It's not even about Christmas plays at church or singing carols.  It's about taking time out of our busy, always hectic lives to praise God for sending an innocent baby into the world to be our Savior.  And it's about celebrating that moment with our close family and friends, teaching our children how to love and give selflessly, and spending time with those that need and want our time.  By all means, pick a carefully chosen few festive activities and meaningful traditions to share with your family and enjoy the magic of the season, but choose wisely so it helps you remember what's important rather than distracting from it.

In the season intended to focus us on Christ's birth, if we find ourselves feeling overly stressed, then we need to stop and ask ourselves what really matters and what adds value to the lives of our children and husbands.  And most importantly, we must ask, are we being a busy, busy Martha or a Mary that leaves the house just a bit messy so she can sit at the feet of her Lord and Savior and have her life changed forever.

Merry Christmas and God Bless... from our home to yours!