It’s easy as a mother this time of year to start having a bit of a pity party about the holidays.
“I’ve got so much to do.”
“You mean, I’m supposed to bake something else?”
“I buy for everyone in both of our families…you only have to buy for me” (something I’m embarrassed to admit I recently said to my husband in such a pity party).
“I stayed up until two in the morning wrapping presents, thank you very much.”
“You mean, we’re spending 20 hours in the car over a 3-day period to see extended family???”
After all, it feels like the weight of the world (or at least the Christmas To-Do List) is on our shoulders.
These are memories we’re making and traditions we’re upholding, people. We don’t take this stuff lightly.
Perhaps I’m the only one who feels this way, but I would venture to guess I’m not alone…
But during this time of busyness, let us not lose sight of the fact that our children, our families, and most definitely our God are worth the work. We go to great lengths to see family, to bake, to make memories, to tell (and retell) the birth of Christ…and sometimes we get so caught up in the materialism or busyness of Christmas that we forget that this is good work, not something to be dreaded.
After all, God himself is the one who instituted festivals, feasts, and celebrations! Just read the book of Leviticus! These “celebrations” are to be tangible representations of our God.
It’s okay to have a to-do list a mile long…it’s okay to stay up until one in the morning.
This work is worth it.
We are celebrating the birth of our Savior, after all! What could call for more of a celebration than that??? And somebody’s gotta get this party ready!