So the house is decorated and the stockings are hung! Lots of cookies were baked (and are still baking) and a little shopping was done! And might I add that hanging of the stockings has nothing to do with promoting Santa. They are more for decorative purposes than anything else. (In fact, I even hesitate to read books to our kids that talk all about Santa. I bought them a couple of Christmas books online and was a bit disappointed when some of them talked solely about Santa and nothing else. Sorry Santa fans)! Also, I’d like to think that here at our house we do not sell ourselves crazy for Christmas. Our immediately family is newly growing and our extended families are so scattered abroad that we rarely even celebrate Christmas together anymore. Even more so, sometimes we are forced to slow down for various reasons. Two weeks ago, I wrote a post on When Your Body Tells You to Slow Down. It describes how I overworked myself into the months leading to the holiday season and then literally crashed. Another reason I was forced to slow down is that for the past two weeks, the kids came down with cold/flu sicknesses. Basically, we were couch potatoes because all they really wanted to do, was cuddle up until they fell asleep for a while. And then the process began over again, especially with our little one who is almost two. Her body just was not feeling well (still recovering). I as a mom was forced to slow down and take care of her. Needless to say, I know my body probably needed some extra rest, too, because when she sat on me quietly and dozed away, I did the same (without intent).
All the same, we do enjoy all the sights and smells that come with the Christmas season and try to make it as special as we could or our family! And as some may say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” But in the midst of all the hustle and the bustle of the season let us not forget why we actually celebrate the season. As for me, I want Christmas to be what it is meant to be – to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. After all, when I have a birthday or a family or friend has one, we keep the focus on whoever birthday it is. Don’t we? So I am not totally sure why we focus on our own selves when we are supposed to be focusing on Christ’s day. He came into this world to save us from our sins as was prophesied in the Bible. “. . . And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:18 – 21, KJV).
It is nice to decorate, bake, shop, get together with family and friends, give and receive presents and all the other fun stuff we do during Christmas time. In addition, it is great to keep some of our childhood traditions and to even pass some of them to our very own families. I remember when I was growing up, I always had a nice new pretty dress and well decked off hairstyles for Christmas Sunday church and I love doing the same for my little girls. BTW: We got our hair and nails done (at home) today in preparation for Church tomorrow. The girls are excited to dress in their pretty Christmas dresses:) But I do want my girls to start learning at very young ages why the season is here. In fact, I made some biblical worksheets, Pre-School Printable Activity Sheets for teaching the “Birth of Jesus” Story & The Birth of Jesus Christ – 25 Days of Christmas Printable for Pre-K, to teach them the real reason we celebrate Christmas. They may not completely understand it all now but at least, I believe, it is good to start teaching them early. Hopefully, one day they will get it!
But without getting into all kinds of biblical and theological stuff, December 25th is the day set apart to celebrate the birth of Christ. So let us remember Him and the reason He came – that He would one day grow up and pay the debt for our sins on the cross. The thought of someone paying the cost for a wrong we have done should be sobering to us that all we can do is be grateful to that person. This Christmas season, take some time to reflect on what why Christ came and why we actually celebrate Christmas:)
Here is a beautiful song that is often song at Christmas time that can help us focus on why Christ came.
O Holy Night Lyrics by Adolphe Adam , 1847
You can listen to the words by clicking on the song title.
O Holy Night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees O hear the angels voices.
O night divine O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night divine.
Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
O night divine, O night, O night divine
And we do hope you have yourselves a fun-filled, Jesus remembering, Christmas time!
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27, KJV).