Twas the Night of Christmas…
and all through the house the kids are still fussing from ALL THE SUGAR.
Come on. Be real here. As I’m typing this it’s way past bedtime, I know all of my kids are awake in their beds, and the 3 year old is fussing.
A day that holds a lot of weight in our culture. The presents, the gifts, the wrapping, the decorating, the food, the parties, the budget.
It’s one of the biggest days of the year-as a kid it was and as an adult I still feel the same way. Just different. It’s not about the gifts (even though the hubs is great at gifts). It’s a day that in my mind is still the day that you remember throughout the year and look forward to all year.
I want the perfect breakfast for Christmas morning. The home cooked meal they will always remember for Christmas breakfast. Forget the burnt casserole that actually appears.
The children will be acting like the angels I know they are and just gush over their gifts they’ve been given. Not a sound will be heard of bickering, fussing, whining, fighting, hitting. Everyone will be the happiest all year long.
The breakfast will look like a spread out of Southern Living. The kids will spontaneously love casseroles with sausage. . We will then have a leisurely afternoon playing with our presents so joyfully and thankfully for the real reason for Christmas.
Oh the dream of a Mom.
Perfection- Something to strive for. But, we can give ourselves permission not to attain it.
As I am sitting here typing this blog, I know God has laid this on my heart. Jesus is the only perfect one.
I had to write this down. Because I know that God is reminding us-this day-this blessed most important day of the year-
is not about the gifts
is not about the wrapping
is not about the decorating
is not about the food.
This day is about a baby born in the lowliest of low positions. Those who gave witness to this were not families awaiting with cameras and siblings in matching t-shirts.
Those who got to witness it were farm animals.
His bed was not a hospital bed where He was wrapped in Pampers with baby powder on and a cute little hat and mittens to cover his precious fingernails so he wouldn’t scratch himself.
He was wrapped in strips of cloths and laid in a manger.
Those who came to see Him were strangers who had been given a visit by angels upon angels praising God that a Savior has been to us, who is Christ the Lord.
And then I remember as I look over the house that is trashed with blessings, with wrappers, with bowls upside down on the floor, this day is about so much more.
This day is about a Gift. The most precious GIFT ever given. None of my shopping or planning could ever compare to this gift.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. That whosoever shall believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
A gift given in the form of a baby. A baby just like us-skin, hair, legs, arms. Everything. But a baby who saved the world-saved all of mankind from separation from our Father to have everlasting life with Him.
Ya’ll, let’s not miss that.
Let’s not miss this.
Just think about it. If we didn’t have Jesus our lives would be so different.
- The calendar would be different
- The years would be completely different (BC and AD all hinge on the birth of Christ)
- We wouldn’t have a day that the world almost stops and gives gifts like the wise men gave gifts to Jesus.
- People’s curse words would be different. Our pastor talked about this yesterday. Saying God’s name in vain is a sin-there’s no other name that people use as a curse word.
- We would be living a life without love. Because God is love.
- We would be living a life without hope and joy.
So this Christmas, all you have to do is accept the gift of Jesus. The only gift God wants from us is ourselves. For Him to be Lord and Savior. It’s so simple yet we make it so difficult.
A: Admit to God you are a sinner-Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
B: Believe that Jesus is God’s Son-John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. That whosoever shall believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
C: Confess your faith in Jesus as your Savior and Lord: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
That’s it. If you would like to do this or just did this-please message me and let me know!
God has given us the greatest gift the world could ever know-will you accept it? I pray you do!
Here is a poem I wrote last year-you can check that original post out here.
Twas the Day of Christmas
‘Twas the day of Christmas morning, when all through the home
Not a cross word was heard, not even while the kids roam;
The stockings were scattered around everywhere,
In ripping through the gifts, they left them there;
The children were dressed all in their Sunday best,
While visions of angels ran through the Mother’s head;
We loaded the van, on this wonderful Christmas morn,
The big day is here, sound the horn!
The children buckled in, it was the perfect Christmas day,
Til we saw one of them emerge from a barn full of hay.
Another child came out of the mud with a splash,
He jumped in the van, to a wild Christmas bash.
The day was not going as this Mom had planned,
It’s Christmas day, she said, perfection must be had.
They went off to church, for a humble time to worship the King,
When the children so loudly did sing.
“Kids, quit hitting, don’t you see?
It’s Christmas day! Perfect you must be!”
To home they returned, what to their wondering eyes should appear?
But the turkey burnt and the rolls did not rise
Then appeared on Mom’s face a sneer.
“Quick, we have to fix it, we must have a perfect day!”
You hear Mom loudly say.
With a flash you see her work her magic,
The Mom quickly turns the mess from tragic.
The children are happy with chicken nuggets and sliced turkey breast
The macaroni and cheese did not make a mess.
Mom then says with a quiet whisper,
“I just wanted this day to be perfect. Is that too much to muster?”
When her husband appears by her side,
His arm around her, he then confides:
“This day was not perfect for our King of kings,
In a stable born announced by angels with wings.
He shared his room with animals and hay,
Not quite perfect, anyone would say.
But this God’s Son did not come the perfect to save
He came for us, no matter how we behave.
So on this Christmas day dear,
Let’s remember with cheer,
That Jesus, though perfect, knows we are not
But to save the sinners was His lot.
He loves us so much, from Heaven he came,
The perfect place with His Father, now not the same.
His love He has, His life He did give
So we will be thankful, manifested by how we live.
Merry Christmas my dear, we’ve so many things to be thankful for
All the blessings He gives us and so many many more.
Merry Christmas my friends! Let’s remember what why we have this Christmas. Not for perfection, but for thankfulness for a birthday gift to us. Our Savior to save the world from sins.