A few years ago, I realized that the gift of knowing Emmanuel is not just for kids. It’s for adults, for moms, for me. Instead of getting lost in “making it fun for the kids,” I am determined to reimagine the wonder of Christmas for my own spiritual growth.
When the angels announced Christ’s birth to the shepherds, they said He would bring joy for ALL people. Not just for the shepherds. Not just for the Jews. Not just for the children. Not just for the affluent and the easy-to-be-around. Not just for me and not just for you. For all.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10
Some of us need to remember this statements includes us. How have I unintentionally or haphazardly let the joy of God-with-us slip through my busy hands? When did I stop wondering at and pondering His presence?
Christmas means so much more than just a kid-centric gift-scramble. It is 25 days (or more) to be smitten with Christ like you first fell in love. The lights and treasured songs set the atmosphere to be giddy about God again:
As only Christmas can.
This is what Christmas means for moms. To be filled with such beautiful “aha!” moments about God’s great love for you that you spill over with joy to the world around you. For me, this looks like…
- early mornings wrapped in a fluffy blanket
- gazing at the Christmas tree, all twinkly and enchanting,
- sipping peppermint mocha, and shamelessly savoring snowflake-shaped sugar cookies
- drinking in the beauty of Ann Voskamp’s words in my favorite Advent devotional,
- journaling and reading journal entries from years past
- allowing tears to flow at the deep meaning of ancient carols and newfound anthems of Christ’s birth
- planning (loosely) how to captivate my kids’ with the wonder of Christ all December
- saying yes to margin for wonder (which means saying “no” to some things that syphon wonder instead of inspire it)
However you rediscover JOY this Christmas, go on gliding through advent with that big smile on your face. Christmas is for you, too, momma. Let this song set the stage for such joy:
Want more out of Christmas? There is another important piece to the “all people” in Luke 2:10…
…but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.”
Some of us need to remember that “all” includes someone around us that hasn’t heard about Christ yet. Click here to read more.