This is the week of the Gimmes and the I wants and the Mom-I’ve-Condensed-My-Wish-List-To-3-pages. The week after thanksgiving is always filled with crazy anxiety for me, wondering how to get through the holidays, sane and sober, and able to pay for the electricity in January.
So many of you parents have your stuff together. I’ve read blogs about giving just 3 gifts, because 3 was enough for Jesus, it’s enough for you. I’ve read posts about spending only $50 a kid, and giving gifts only in stockings, and I just don’t know how you do it.
I’m one of those crazy moms that wants to buy my kids EVERYTHING! I don’t buy them too much during the year, because, honestly, we just don’t have the funds. My kids aren’t without, don’t get me wrong. But I want huge smiles, and awesome memories. I want my kids to love Christmas, and not for one moment be disappointed, because life is already filled with too many of those.
But I wrestle with advertising, propaganda bull-sh*t, my desire to give abundantly to my kids and making Christmas all about Jesus…because it is, right?! We say it is, but scaling down the Christmas budget and only giving a few gifts doesn’t really make it all about Jesus.
I believe God is the giver of all good things to his kids. And if I have this overwhelming desire to give until it hurts, imagine how God feels about us. I know it’s not about the presents, I know it’s not about how much I spend. I KNOW it’s about Jesus. But how do we make it really about Jesus?
I want to know how you keep the holidays all about Jesus. What are some traditions or new things you are trying to keep the focus on Christ? Daily? Weekly?
How do you drive home the truth of the miracle of Christmas?
Comment and share with me.