By: Lyndsay Crews
An idea to help mommas overcome the stress of creating Christmas magic:
Christmas is my favorite time of year. I am that person that decorates right after Halloween and thinks that any time of year is a good time for a Hallmark Christmas movie. Judge me all you want. Each year after Thanksgiving, I move from “Christmas is my favorite time of year!” to “Christmas is my STRESSFUL time of year!!” The perfect gifts, the perfect family picture, Christmas cards, Christmas parties, Christmas food traditions, etc. So much stuff crammed into 4 weeks. Anyone else feel the pressure to make Christmas magical? Where does that even come from? Somewhere along the way, I bought into the idea that mommas are supposed to make magic happen at Christmas, but recently I’ve realized that thought process doesn’t come from God.
That’s because God never meant celebrating the birth of His son to be stress inducing! He sent the Prince of Peace–not the prince of anxiety and panic attacks. So, every time you feel overwhelmed this Christmas season, capture your thoughts and pray, “Lord, this feeling doesn’t come from You. Help me remember that we are celebrating the birth of Your son and everything else is a distraction.”
“For a child is born to us, A son is given to us; And the government Is upon His shoulder; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
We, as mommas, don’t need to create “Christmas magic.” The “magic” already happened when Jesus was born. Thank God for sending His son and ask Him to help capture your thoughts so you can truly focus on Him.