Ho Ho Ho Friends!!

The countdown is on y’all…only 6 days left until Christmas Eve. Do you have all your shopping done? I am 98% finished so I’m a pretty happy camper, except for the fact that I’ve darn near killed myself trying to get it all done. I spent all of last weekend and all of this weekend shopping and shopping and shopping, but I think got everything I intended to get. At least I hope I did.

So I’m sitting in church yesterday and the sermon was titled What is Christmas? and I started asking myself, why do I put so much pressure on myself to make this the BEST! CHRISTMAS! EVER!!!? Well, part of it is tradition –  my mom always made sure that the tree was up and the house was decorated and that Santa did not disappoint on Christmas Day. I have wonderful childhood memories of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning  – being with my family and opening presents and eating fun foods (mmm…fudge), etc. So of course I want that for my kids too. I want my kids to feel the same magic I felt all those years ago. But I think also I want everything to be special because of what it all represents – the birth of that tiny baby that changed the whole my world.  There’s a line in the Christmas song “Mary Did You Know” that kills me every time:

Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

  That line always does me in, every time. Can you imagine kissing the sweet little cheeks of the Most High God? The thought of that breaks my heart wide open in the best possible way.

So when I’m killing myself trying to make this the BEST! CHRISTMAS! EVER! it’s really because I want to feel like I’ve done my best to honor the events of that day so long ago. I work hard because I want the holiday to be special. I want it to stand out and say “I’m doing this because of the gift that sweet little baby gave to ME”.

I’m going to spend the rest of this week enjoying the holiday – driving around to look at Christmas lights, baking Christmas cookies with my kids, watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Christmas Story for the eleventybillionth time…and  most importantly, thinking about my relationship with Jesus and how I can make it even better in the coming New Year.

My Christmas Wish for all of you is that you would get some time in this next week to slow down and reflect on what this holiday means for you. I hope it is filled with good and plentiful things!