When You’re Too Tired for Christmas

Christmas struggle

Christmas is in four days. My house is decorated. My kids are excited. And I am tired.

This year has worn me out. 2015 has been a long, hard slog from January to December. Every time I thought we had conquered the mountain in front of us, we reached the peak to find a taller mountain behind it.

Illness after illness has hit our family hard. Stroke, meningitis, thyroid, liver. You name it. We had a taste of it this year. This year has been so tough that both my daughter and I completely forgot she broke her hand in October. You know it’s been a rough year when broken bones don’t even make the Top 10 Events of the Year list.

And, yet, there have been moments in this year that I wouldn’t trade for the world. The precious perspective that my 14-year-old has gained embodied in the words she said the other day, “Just think, six months ago my biggest worry was staying on my soccer team. That doesn’t even register now.”

The shared moments with my husband where we tried to tackle the mountain together, knowing that when one failed, the other would pick them up.

The intentional moments with my 12-year-old created because she simply needed some time with her mom.

Because in the midst of the trial, in the midst of what seems like never-ending struggle, there is beauty. God is creating a better perspective, a stronger family and a sheer reliance on Him.

So, as I sit here four days before Christmas, I am reminded that the very first Christmas was probably the end of a very long year for Mary and Joseph. Unmarried and pregnant in a culture that had no allowance for that. Miraculously pregnant, but with a story no one would believe. I imagine Mary and Joseph felt very alone and very afraid. They knew God was creating something wonderful, but they were the only ones that knew it.

Two young people, teenagers, really, on the road to Bethlehem. No place for them to stay. A baby on the way.

And, yet, God created beauty out of the struggle. The savior of the world was born. And in the midst of their joy, I’m sure Mary and Joseph struggled to see the plan laid out for them. I’m sure they were scared. I’m sure they were often uncertain about what to do next.

God creates beauty out of chaos. His plan to save the world started with two young people having a baby in a cave in Bethlehem.

And, I’m reminded this Christmas, that if God can do that, He can make something amazing out of the crazy that has been our year.

So, this Christmas, if you’re struggling to just put one foot in front of the other, if the weight of the world is on your shoulders, remember this: God specializes in making great things out of difficult times. Jesus’ birth is proof of that.

 

Christmas Priorities

Christmas priorities

Our Christmas tree is up and there are lights on the outside of our house. That’s about the extent of the Christmas decorating that has happened here at our house. I’m thinking I might get some more decorations out this afternoon, but I might not get there. And that’s OK.

Usually by Dec. 8, Christmas has exploded in our house. We have decorations everywhere, but this year has been crazy. There’s not been a lot of time to put up decorations.

But while the decorations still sit in their boxes, I’ve baked cookies with my mom and my daughters. My husband, daughters and I went to see the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens perform a one-man show of A Christmas Carol. I took my older daughter to see one of her best friends perform in a version of The Nutcracker last night. We’ve shopped for a foster family. My girls have packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. I threw a Christmas party for my older daughter’s soccer team. This Friday evening we’re having a family night of dinner out, looking at Christmas lights and maybe a Christmas movie.

Because this year, I came to the conclusion that our Christmas season would be so much better if we spent it doing things we love with people we love than doing the things we think we have to do to make it Christmas. Because isn’t that what Christmas really is about?

It’s about a God who loved us so much that He sent His Son to be with us, to be one of us. He sent Jesus to spend time with us here on earth so that we could know Him and so, through His sacrifice, He could create a bridge between us and God.

As my kids get older, Christmas becomes less about the toys and the decorations and more about creating memories. It becomes about focusing on the baby in the manger and what that means for how we live our lives. It becomes about drawing together as a family so that we can grow closer to God together.

So, my advent calendar may be eight days behind. My house may be sparsely decorated. But that doesn’t mean there’s any less Christmas spirit. It doesn’t mean there’s any less joy in the season. It just means that the priorities have shifted. And that’s not a bad thing.

Christmas Night

After Christmas

The packages had all been opened. The Christmas dinner was history. Presents had been played with and put away. And one tired 10-year-old was headed to bed — in tears.

As she laid her head on the pillow, I heard the words “Christmas is over. I don’t want it to be over.” At first, I thought she was sad because it’s a whole year until she gets more presents, but, oh, how wrong I was.

“For just a day, everyone was so happy. We were all together. No one had anything to do. Tomorrow we go back to our too busy, crazy lives,” she said through her tears.

I stopped. The small smile I had been wearing when I thought those tears were about presents slipped away. Because she was right. Christmas is one of the few days of the year when the world stops. It’s a day where we take the time to enjoy the company of our families. It’s a day when the focus moves from what we have to do next to simply enjoying what we have now.

It’s a day for family — with all its complications and flaws. It’s a day for smiles and laughter. It’s a day when the jokes in the new jokebook your kids got for Christmas are actually funny. It’s a day when we gather with friends and family and we simply let that be the focus.

For us, today is filled with doctor’s appointments and errands. Tomorrow we dive back into a hockey tournament. But Christmas day was a blessed moment of rest. A moment of peace. A moment of love.

The truth is that we can’t recreate Christmas throughout the year. The rest of the world doesn’t stop. But we can create moments with our families that give us those same moments of rest, peace and love. We can make time to play a game, bake cookies, go for a walk, or have our extended family over for dinner. We can choose to create Christmas-style moments throughout the year.

Because Jesus wasn’t born in a stable all those years ago so we could run ourselves ragged and miss having a relationship with Him. Jesus didn’t die on a cross and defeat death so we could become so focused on our own lives that we miss the opportunities to share His love with those around us.

As we head to the new year, take a moment to reflect on your Christmas moments. Think about how you can create those moments of love, rest and peace throughout the year. Then be intentional in making it happen.

Because those blessed moments of love, rest and peace don’t have to be a once-a-year event.

When Christmas Disappoints

Magic

We exchanged gifts with my parents last night, and my older daughter was a little disappointed. She’s at that tough age where she’s outgrown toys, but she isn’t yet excited by clothes and she’s not much into video games. She didn’t ask for much, so I kept most of the things she asked for to put under our own tree. There were no big, exciting gifts at my parents’ house.

It’s hard when something you’ve been looking forward to doesn’t live up to your expectations. I’ve had Christmases that didn’t live up to my expectations either. Christmases where it was obvious my husband wasn’t much into the whole gift-giving thing, Christmases where the whole holiday season was more chore than fun.

My older daughter isn’t usually focused on what she gets. She’s actually really good at focusing on others. But as she’s caught in this difficult in-between age, it’s harder and harder to surprise her. It’s harder to find that one thing that she really wants for Christmas. And it’s hard to remember that as grown-up as she sometimes acts, she’s still just a little girl of 12 who wants Christmas to still be magical.

And that’s why it’s so important to keep Christ at the center of our Christmas. Because eventually we all grow up, and the trappings of Christmas begin to lose some of their magic.

But the fact that God sent His Son to die on a cross, defeat death and rise again to save us should never become less than what it is — completely awe-inspiring. When we put Jesus at the center of our Christmas celebrations, then we discover that Christmas never loses its ability to amaze us.

When we’re little, the whole Christmas season seems magical — from the twinkling lights to the presents under the tree. As we get older, though, we tend to see the “man behind the curtain” of the Christmas season. We’re the ones who have to string the lights. We’re the ones who bake the cookies and wrap all the gifts. Some years it becomes more chore than pleasure.

Yet as we close in on the end of this year’s Christmas season, remember this: Nothing can match the gift that God gave us on that first Christmas morning — a tiny baby in a manger who came to save the world. While the “magic” of Christmas may fade, the awesomeness of the very first Christmas gift never will.

So, if you or your kids find yourselves disappointed with Christmas this year, return your focus to the stable, to the baby in the manger. Because there’s nothing more awe-inspiring than the events of that first Christmas morning.

 

Find the Manger and Ignore the Mess

Missing

My older daughter hurt her shoulder at soccer practice on Tuesday night. We’re no stranger to injury in this house. With two kids playing sports, injuries happen. We own a brace for almost all appendages. But we’ve never injured a shoulder before. I knew we were in trouble when I took her to the doctor yesterday, and she just stared at my daughter with a puzzled look on her face and recommended we go see an orthopedist.

We spent five hours yesterday going to the doctor and to get X-rays. We go to a different doctor today. My daughter missed her social studies test, we got stuck in traffic twice, and we couldn’t find the X-ray place because they moved. At the end of the day, I didn’t know much more about my daughter’s injury than I did when we started. It was a long, frustrating day. By the end of the day, my patience, my joy, and my Christmas spirit had gone poof!

I have eight kids coming to my house for a cookie party tomorrow. I’ll be honest. My house is a mess. I have laundry to fold, floors to vacuum, bathrooms to clean and cookies to make. I also have a mountain of work waiting to be done. We’re going to see The Nutcracker tonight because one of my older daughter’s friends is in the production — and we’re supposed to have freezing rain. We’re having Christmas with my parents and brother on Sunday, and I still have presents to buy. I haven’t wrapped a single present for anyone.

I feel like anything Satan can do to remove my focus from Jesus in this season, he’s doing. It’s hard to focus on Christmas when I’m trying to do 14 things I didn’t plan to do along with five things I did plan to do. It’s hard to see the manger for the to-do list. It’s hard to find the joy in the midst of the frustration.

All week I’ve been writing about finding Jesus in the middle of the Christmas trappings, and I sit here on this Thursday morning trying to follow my own advice. So, in the middle of the chaos that this week has become, I’ve decided to be still. I’ve decided to set aside 15 minutes today to simply be focused on the manger. I’m going to read the scriptures about Jesus’ birth. I’m going to let go of my to-do list to find my joy. I’ve decided that the important things will get done, and the unimportant ones didn’t need to be done anyway.

Because this season isn’t about the trappings, the gifts or the cookies. This season is about joy. It’s about Jesus. And if I let the roadblocks of the week steal that away, then I’ve lost out. And my family has lost out. We’ve let the everydayness of life steal a precious moment in time from us. We’ve let Satan’s roadblocks become a barrier between us and the baby in the manger. And I don’t want that.

So, if the eight kids who come to my house to decorate cookies tomorrow have one less cookie apiece to decorate, it’s OK. If my daughter’s injury requires more doctor visits, it’s OK. If presents don’t get bought or wrapped until the night before, it’s OK. I’m still going to try to find joy in the moment. I’m still going to look for Jesus in the manger. I’m still going to find time to spend just being still and focusing on the joy of the season.

Because if I don’t, then Satan wins. If I sit on Christmas morning and shake my head, thinking “I missed it,” then I’ve lost something precious. And I don’t want that.

So, if you’re struggling to find your joy today. If you’re missing the manger in the midst of your mess, just be still. Set aside 15 minutes to simply sit and be. Read the scriptures about Jesus’ birth. Be awestruck by their power and the joy that comes with knowing that Jesus came to earth so that God could have a relationship with you. Don’t lose your joy because of the circumstances. Be joyful despite them. Find the manger and ignore the mess.

The Perfect Christmas

Perfect Christmas

The nativity scene that sits on my hearth is a mess. Someone has moved all the people around. The stable is leaning against the fireplace. Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus are out in the field with the shepherds, and the only person in the stable is a wise man. It looks less like the scene of Jesus’ birth and more like a crowd at a baseball game. It’s definitely not the perfect nativity scene.

So much of what we do in this season leading up to Christmas is based on a quest for perfection. We want our kids to have the “perfect” Christmas, so we run around looking for the toys that they want. We bake yummy food. We place the perfect bows on carefully wrapped packages despite the fact that paper is going to last all of five seconds on Christmas morning.

And when something interrupts our quest for perfection, we get frustrated. Sometimes we act like a change in plans or a gift we couldn’t find is going to be the end of the “perfect” Christmas. We can get so caught up in our pursuit of perfection that we lose sight of the fact that God already created the perfect Christmas.

God’s perfect Christmas included a smelly stable, a pregnant teenage bride, burial spices for gifts, and a bunch of shepherds who came uninvited to the party. Think about that. All the trappings of Christmas — the tree, the presents, the bows — weren’t at the first Christmas. Instead, we find a young bride giving birth in a stable, a bunch of angels singing in the field, and a group of shepherds who showed up to worship.

The trappings of Christmas are fun. Traditions are important. But if all that stuff is pulling us away from being able to focus on the perfection of that first Christmas, if the cookie baking, the shopping and the get-togethers are taking our focus away from the day that God sent His perfect son to earth, then we need to change our focus.

Because our kids don’t need the perfect Christmas. They don’t need the perfect gift, the perfect meal, the perfect tree. Our kids need a perfect God. They needed a perfect sacrifice on the cross. They need to know that more than 2,000 years ago, God gave us the perfect gift — a baby born in a stable who would grow up to save the world.

We can’t top the perfection of that night so many years ago, and we need to stop trying. Instead, we need to turn our focus to praising God and thanking Him for His perfect plan, His perfect gift. Because if that’s not the focus of our Christmas, then we’re missing the point.

Love’s Pure Light

Christmas love

I like to tell my kids that Christmas shouldn’t be all about the getting. It should be about the giving. It sounds good, right? Christmas is about giving to others. It’s a noble idea. And it’s not wrong. Christmas is about giving to others, about being a picture of Jesus to others.

But that’s not what Christmas is primarily about. Somewhere in the middle of the tinsel and the wrapping paper and the focus on giving and getting, we can miss the most important aspect of Christmas. Christmas is about love.

Christmas is about a God who loves us so much that He sent His Son to come and live on earth in human form with the primary purpose of defeating death so that He could bridge the gap between God and us.

Christmas is about Jesus, who gave up his heavenly throne to be born in a dirty, smelly stable in a world that simply didn’t care enough to give His earthly parents a decent bed.

Christmas is about a God who wants so badly to have a relationship with us that He was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Without love, none of that happens. Without God’s all-consuming love, we would be left to live eternity separated from Him. We can’t begin to understand the greatness of God’s love. Ephesians 3:17-18 says “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” God’s love is higher, wider, longer and deeper than we can imagine. It wraps us up and fills us up, and it is the reason we have Christmas.

As you wrap the presents and place them under the tree, as you sit down to Christmas dinner with family and friends, and as you finish out these last days of the Christmas season, help your family remember that while gifts are nice and traditions are fun, love is the primary reason for Christmas. Help your family remember that the words of Silent Night really are true — Jesus is “love’s pure light,” and as we hustle and bustle through this season, we need to remember to spread His love to others. Whether that’s through a gift, a few kind words, or a kind act, when we act in love toward others, we are truly living in the spirit of the Christmas season.

When Christmas is a Struggle

Struggle

A year ago today, my phone rang in the middle of church. It was my dad, calling to tell me that my grandma had died. In a heartbeat, our Christmas season had radically changed. Instead of band concerts and parties, we spent the next week traveling to Kentucky and planning a funeral. Though we knew my grandma was having her best Christmas ever, getting to spend it with Jesus, we were left to grieve the passing of someone we loved dearly. Much of the Christmas spirit was lost in our family.

As I write this today, the immediate pain of my grandma’s death has lessened. She was so miserable those last few years that her death was a blessing for her. But the finality of that death still stings on occasion. A year later, I still miss her laugh, her hugs and her love a of a good date cookie at Christmastime — and I probably always will. Christmas is especially bittersweet as she was a Christmas baby, sharing her birthday with Jesus. As the holiday approaches again, we’ve found our Christmas spirit again, but for me, there’s still a gap, a hole that won’t be filled until I see her again in heaven.

While Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year,” it’s also a time of the year that magnifies loss. It’s a time of the year that opens old wounds. So much of the way we celebrate the holidays revolves around family celebrations. And that means those who have lost family members or those who have a difficult relationship with their families or even those who are just far from home on the holiday may be struggling to find the joy of the season.

It’s important to remember as we enter the Christmas season that there are people around us who are hurting. There are people around us who don’t view the holiday with as much as joy as they do with dread. There are people who have lost a loved one, people who have no place to go for Christmas dinner, people who are celebrating the first holiday after a divorce, and people who aren’t looking forward to sharing time and space with family members who have hurt them.

Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Jesus came to earth to offer peace to everyone, including the brokenhearted. He commanded us to love our neighbors. As you walk through this Christmas season, be on the lookout for the hurting, for the people who are struggling through this season. Then find a way to love them. Find a way to show them that God cares about them, and you care about them. Be Jesus with skin on for those people.

Include your kids in loving on a family or person who is struggling this season. Maybe you know a family who is hurting from the loss of a mom or dad this Christmas season. Put a Christmas party in a box and leave it on their doorstep. Include cookies, sprinkles and frosting along with a small gift or two.

Invite someone who has no family nearby to spend Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner with you. Include them in your celebrations so they, too, are surrounded by family and friends.

Be respectful of someone else’s struggles this season. If you have a friend who needs to grieve a loss, do what you can to ease the load. Offer to do some shopping or baking for them.

There are so many ways we can help the hurting this Christmas season. We just have to open our eyes and look around to see those in our midst who are struggling in the middle of this “most wonderful time of the year.”

First Friday: More Than Crumbs

crumbs

My darling eldest girl has a penchant for the dramatic.

And I’ll freely admit my part in it.

My side of the family most definitely has DNA code written for the stage.

My brother. My sisters. My mama.

D to the N to the A.

And as for moi?

Forget about it.

I not only own my drama, I also taught the masses how to be MORE dramatic.

Penchant. Firmly. Planted.

So I hardly balked at the overblown Scarlett O’Hara sighs coming from the living room the other day as I heard her chastise baby sister, “SOPHIE!!!! You got crumbs ALLLLLLLL over the FLOOR!”

Without a beat or interruption of my laundress duties, I bellowed back from above,

“In this house, people are more important than crumbs!!!!”

“Mother, what does that even mean??!?!!???”

“Well, sister, I’m glad you asked…..”

And thus began the crumb project.

A mad gab of input by my three in an attempt to create a little we-love-you-more-than-crumbs manifesto.

The process was in a word, hilarious.  The ideas, a bit novel.  And the hearts behind it, pure if not Purelled.

Call it our own little way of reminding ourselves this holiday season that no matter the busy, the guest, or even the heartbreak, people are our purpose.

Always.

 

MORE THAN CRUMBS

We love you more than crumbs, we do.

We’ll show you how to love you too.

We’ll kiss your boo boo’s before we clean.

We’ll wipe your tears and stop the mean.

We’ll make crazy cool doors for you to walk through.

We’ll share our cows and goldfish too.

We’ll poop in the potty and not on the floor.

We’ll say, “PBBBLT to crumbs, we love you more!”

We’ll give you a show or two or ten.

We’ll even add drums, just tell us when!

We’ll give you Christmas day after day.

And we won’t give up on you if you run away.

We’ll search for you with all our might.

Just like we did for Sophie last night.

We’ll scour the halls and the in-betweens.

We’ll look high and low and over fairy wings.

We won’t slow-up until we see your face.

And then to you we will gladly race.

We won’t care a hoot from where you came.

We’ll just love on you and shout your name!

We’ll break out the goldfish, the best we’ve got.

Maybe even a cow if you like that a lot.

We’ll dance.  We’ll sing. We’ll even shout.

And you can best be guessing we’ll get those drums out!

We’ll wash your hands and feet and face.

We’ll clothe you in Avenger gear or even lace.

We’ll kiss your boo boo’s and say “Don’t cry.”

Pray with you or sing a sweet lullaby.

For it must be said right now, right here.

You are the gift we expected this year.

We missed you like crazy, that much is true.

But more than crumbs, we love you!

 

Sara Cormany guest posts on the first Friday of each month. Sara is mommy to six-year-old Grace, four-year-old Drew and one-year-old Sophie.  When she is not wiping noses, changing diapers or chasing her kids, she is a sometimes writer and a sometimes teacher to teenagers.  But her most cherished role is that of one who is perfectly held by Jesus. She loves watching Him take the broken, the messy and the seemingly mundane of her everyday and turn it into something beautiful. She recently began her own blog called Where Feet May Fail. Be sure to check it out.

 

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