Christmastime. What do you think of when you hear that word? To me, it's Jesus, happiness, and family.
So often it is translated as stressful, too much to do, and hard. We lose the joy we should have; we forget to enjoy the little moments.
Am I right?
I'm here to remind you to enjoy the little things. To make memories.
So, ultimately, Christmas is about Jesus and His birth. (Lord willing, I'm going to go in depth with that next Friday though, so stay tuned! :) Be subscribed to my emails to know when it will go up!) Without Jesus coming to earth, we would have no hope, and Christmas would be non-existent.
Over the years, we have turned Christmas into some sort of stressful holiday.
Oh, we have to buy the Christmas presents! What about the food? Who's coming to the party? Is this gift good enough? I'm sick of making food! I'm sick of trying to please everyone! The tree won't fit in the living room! All the lights won't work properly. I CANNOT burn the ham. When do I get to sit down and rest? This is winter break, I thought I wouldn't be this busy!
Don't say you're a perfect person and you never say any of these things. I guarantee you can relate to at least one -if not more- of these things.
A long time ago, it was the most silent and holy night in Bethlehem. And Jesus' mother, Mary, pondered all of that night in. In other words, she soaked up every ounce; she took in the moment. She had just given birth to a Man who would one day save the entire earth: Jesus Christ.
I don't think we give that enough of thought. She didn't stress about what was going to happen in the future; she took it all in, and stored it in her heart.
There are so many unnecessary distractions around the holidays. Don't get me wrong, I love the ham and exchanging gifts, but we don't take enough of time in the Christmas season to really take a look around. To soak in all that God has given us. To...make memories. Memories last a lifetime.
You see, the gifts won't last forever. One day they'll get old and be replaced. Someone will get bored with them, someone else will donate them to Goodwill. It's life, and as they say..."Life goes on." The things that will last forever, is the memories. But first, you have to create those memories.
Oh, how precious memories are! Many you'll treasure in your heart forever, because that's all you'll have left from a person. I encourage you, go build a snowman with your siblings, go decorate cookies with grandma and grandpa, enjoy someone's company, forget about buying the gifts for a little while, forget about the things that "need done", and have a little fun. Because life is simply too short to not do a little dance every once and a while.
And remember...there's nothing wrong with sitting back and living in the moment, because sometimes, that's when the best memories are made, and where the laughter will never fade.
Take in this Christmas, don't let it take you.
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Hi there! I'm Katlyn Grace and welcome to the advice section. Here we get real. These blogposts are written from my heart to yours. And I pray that they encourage your heart and bring joy to your soul. I warmly invite you to join me on this journey with the Lord!