How to Have the "Perfect" Christmas
year will be different. I vow I won't get stressed
out over presents, parties, cards, Christmas
plays, putting up the tree and decorating, and
all the many other tasks of the season. I will
remember the true meaning of Christmas."
you find that all the Christmas chores steal
unto us a child is born" - Aahh the miracle
of birth. The true miracle of our Savior's birth.
As Christian mothers we are doubly blessed to
celebrate Christmas. We know the joy and pain
of childbirth. We can imagine an exhausted Mary
looking at her truly perfect, holy baby.
can we recapture the joy and the simplicity
of the first Christmas?
are some suggestions for making this the "Perfect"
Decide how you want your family to experience
the true meaning of Christmas. Ex. Will you
help another family with presents? Our family
now has a tradition of doing Christmas boxes
for Samaritan's Purse. Our children love picking
out items for the box and praying for the child
who receives their box.
Prioritize what is most important to you. Maybe
you can't do it all. You may choose not to send
Christmas cards, but do a New Years note.
Decide what parties you can and cannot attend.
Sometimes as a family we may rarely be home
in December. So much for family time.
If you have young children, remember how important,
normal routine and
sleep schedule are for younger children and
you. Taking a cranky toddler shopping is not
a good experience for anyone.
Decide what traditions you want for your own
nuclear family. Sometimes we are so busy going
to extended families' homes we don't get to
start our own family traditions. Try to have
a leisurely Christmas morning with children
enjoying their toys before rushing off to anywhere.
Start a tradition of celebrating Jesus birthday.
Ex. Happy Birthday Jesus cake, reading the Christmas
story before opening presents, or children having
their own child size Nativity set to play with
and tell the Christmas story.
Set a limit on Christmas spending and stick
to it. Don't celebrate Jesus'
birth by being in debt in January.
Take time to pray and think about the most precious
gift of all. Often our
quiet times are the first to go when we get
so busy. Using an advent calendar
with children will also help them focus on the
true meaning of Christmas.
Be kind to yourself. You may not be able to
do everything like your Mom did. Perhaps you
can make slice-and-bake cookies with your children
instead of homemade cookie dough. Your children
will remember the fun of decorating cookies,
not who made the cookie dough.
Remember that you are not superwoman and you
can't do it all. Sit down with your husband
and decide who can do what on your list. Children
can help put stamps on Christmas cards. Be kind
to yourself and rest in our Savior's loving
don't know if you or I will have the "Perfect"
Christmas, but we can make a conscious effort
to focus on our Lord. Things will go wrong and
we will get stressed, but we need to keep our
eyes on Him. We need to show and teach our children
that Christmas is not about Santa and receiving
gifts. Christmas is about the ultimate gift
that we can never repay.
I wish you a "Perfect" Christmas with
Christ' birth as your focus, and that you would
be kind to yourself. Set reasonable expectations
for yourself and experience the true joy of
Chastain is a Professional Life Coach and Licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist. Kimberly is also
the author of the ebook entitled, "Pearls
of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms."
She has a passion for working with Christian
Working Moms to help them find satisfaction
in all their many different roles. To find out
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