I really had to take the time out, and sit down and think about Christmas. Amazingly enough, I am finally getting the holiday spirit in Mid-November. Prior to this I have not felt the impact of the holidays approaching because so many things are going on in life to date. But it is very important to acknowledge and make the most of the holidays as a mother. I want my children to have long-lasting memories each year. My lovely children are my “Why,” for everything that I do, including the celebration of holidays. I feel as if this year time is flying and Christmas is on the way in less than a month!
When I think about celebrating Christmas, I immediately go back to my childhood. I remember that we would celebrate Christmas in a very BIG way, because it seemed to be my mother’s favorite holiday. We would decorate the outside of our home with Christmas lights, Santa Claus, and one year my Mom had reindeer in our front yard! We would literally go shopping in first thing in the morning, until the mall closed late at night. We were always the last people to leave our local mall full of shopping bags!
I remember that one year we had two Christmas trees in our basement, with so many presents underneath each one. We would always wake up early Christmas morning to open presents, have Christmas breakfast, and if Christmas fell on a Sunday we would wear our Sunday best for Church.
We would meet up with extended family including my older siblings. I am the sixth out of seven children. My favorite time had to be when we could have a second gift exchange Christmas evening after Christmas dinner. I remember that I highly anticipated receiving more gifts from my siblings and extended family on that day! On Christmas Eve that would be the time to attend holiday parties, wrap last-minute gifts, and try to go to bed at a reasonable time for the big day! It wasn’t long after I became closer in my relationship with God, and HIS son Jesus, married, wife, and mother that Christmas is not necessarily about the material items, great food, and the festive activities that involve Christmas.I have come to realize that Christmas is more about the birth of Jesus Christ, and the togetherness of family and friends. The true meaning of life, can get left behind in the Hallmark meaning of Christmas.
My desire is to encourage my children to understand that giving back to others, being kind to your neighbor, helping out humanity to change the world is the true meaning of Christmas. This year I plan to focus more on the true meaning of Christmas and being on one accord with my family.I want to truly be grateful for all of God’s blessings no matter how big or small this year. I feel that HE has blessed me with so many gifts that are not material that I must glorify HIM by just helping and encouraging others in the world.
Our holiday tradition is ultimately about balancing our faith, family, and love. I feel that I have a responsibility to keep some family traditions from my childhood, but at the same time create my own for my family. This year will be a thankful season of grace and mercy. This is the time to find the true meaning of Christmas.