Can Christmas be STRESSFUL for anyone else?
Maybe it’s just me….
Yesterday, I was at home sick,.. and in my “tryingtobeproductiveandnotlazy” day at home, I decided to wrap some gifts. Then I was trying to figure out.. who we had left to buy for,. & what to get them.. etc.. etc.. the clock is ticking.. etc. etc. Then, while wrapping Isaiah’s gifts I realized he wouldn’t be here for Christmas, so I became sad, and weepy,..
Then I realized I wouldn’t have Grandparents this Christmas, first time EVER in my life! .. I became sad & weepy yet again!
I just worked myself up into a little tizzy! Yes, I know what most of you are thinking.. “they make meds for that.” And, I may need some of those meds real soon 😉
But, at the end of the day God reminded me of something that happened a while back…
A few weeks ago, I was reading the kids a Nativity Story. This is one of my favorite books and we usually bring it out around Christmas time. You’ve probably seen them.. it’s the one with the felt people and you add the felt pieces as the story unfolds… Yep, one of those.
So I’m reading the story.. I’ve distributed all the pieces to the kids equally & we have added piece by piece.. until baby Jesus was born. I call out., “who has the baby Jesus?.. Put him up here.” (thinking they were NOT paying attention to the story.. and were probably sitting on baby Jesus)
Nobody answers.. and I ask again.. and finally Faith says.. “we don’t haf him anymore”
I said “What do you mean we don’t haf him anymore?”
McKenna says.. “he’s gone,.. missing,.. we can’t find him.”
WhAT?! You’ve lost baby Jesus?! Why, he’s the Main character! He’s the reason why I’m reading the story!.. How do you lose the felt baby Jesus?!
Now at the time.. I didn’t think much about what had happened other than I was utterly disappointed that my favorite hands-own book .. was now missing the main character! And,.. trying to think of ways to make a new baby Jesus. “Do I go to wal-mart.. the next day and buy some felt and make my own.. or just buy a new book?..”
Then yesterday it hit me. I’ve lost the main thing.. for Christmas!..
It’s not about the presents,.. or not having someone we love home for Christmas.. or not getting what we want.. or finding the PERFECT gift.
It’s about JESUS! It’s about God’s gift to this dying and lost world! God reminded me of that felt baby Jesus story to show me that I had the wrong focus!
It’s easy to lose our focus.
It’s easy to lose… baby Jesus.. in the midst of the Holidays…..
Friends.. DON’T LOSE HIM!
Don’t get caught up in the gifts, the parties,.. the SANTA, the Elves on the shelf, and your own selfish desires and forget the Main Character!!
I felt like I needed to share this story,.. because I have a feeling that some of us.. have watered down Christmas and why we celebrate this time of year. We think we’re doing good by attending a church service or buying a birthday cake for Jesus. It’s like, we can check it off our list of to-do’s. Jesus should NEVER be sold short!
Take the time, to learn about him! Teach your children about him! Teach other’s about him!
If you’re not sure how to start.. here are a few of our recommendations…
|God Gave Us Christmas
By Lisa Tawn Bergren / Random House, Inc
|The Tale of Three Trees
By Angela Elwell Hunt / David C. Cook
|Christmas Story DVD
By Emi Cmg Distribution
|The Nativity Story, DVD
By Word Entertainment Inc
Our B-man is growing up.. this was his last Christmas play. 😦 Next up is.. Youth Choir for him! He has a Great raspy voice & it is my prayer that he will continue to use it to Glorify The One who gave it to him.. & use it more often! 😉
Our sweet Kenna had a solo. We were so proud! She said after the musical “Momma, I looked out and saw all of the people.. and I felt like I was going to have a heart-attack!” I said.. “Baby, that will never go away when you sing in front of people!”
Ready to Sing!
Hope you all are gearing up for the Holidays! This week,.. I hope to do some baking.. maybe even a recipe share,,??!
We had a great Christmas this year! It started off with a trip to my parents house a.k.a= Nana & Papa’s 😉 We left on Tuesday to celebrate with them. On Wednesday night we were at Mema & Pa’s (my Grandparents). Every year the WHOLE fam. gets together on Christmas Eve to spend time and EAT! lol! We had 2 new additions to the family this year… Eli (my nephew) & baby Jaiden (my cousin’s daughter). They both were cute as EVER!
Then we headed over to my parents to celebrate!
Then it was on the road home for Christmas morning,.. so Santa could come to our house!
….sorry.. no pics.. Matt had the camera on video mode & took some “not-so-good” shots of me.. yeah,.. they won’t be posted! LOL!
We had a birthday cake for Jesus.. and sang Happy Birthday. Matt read some scriptures from Luke, and we hung our final “Adorenament“.
At lunch we were headed to Papa’s (Matt’s Grandfather). We opened more gifts & spent time with family & of course.. ATE!! lol!
On Christmas night we went to Gran & Big Daddy’s (Matt’s parents) with more eating.. (yum-o) and more gifts! LOL! To say that we were tired… would be an understatement! But, we’re all rested up now.. & I am STILL opening new gifts!!! lol!
As I think about Christmas this year, I am constantly reminded of some close family and friends who have lost loved ones this year… & are having their first Christmas without those loved ones! My heart was burdened for these people ALL day! I would stop and pray occasionally, for them & just prayed that God would see them through. If you are one of those.. who have just had your first Christmas without a loved one… ((hugs!)) My Prayers and thoughts are with you this Christmas season.. may you see the true meaning of Christmas and may God wrap his loving arms around you filling your heart with Good memories & a promise of seeing them again if you both are Believers!!!
Hope everyone had a Blessed Day!! Merry Christmas to every one!