Christmas can be such a stressful time. I know a lot of you might be stressed about parties, to-do lists, having the perfect decorations, etc. And I know that there will be many bloggers addressing those things to help you have a more peaceful Christmas.
This post isn’t about that. Because I know many of you are carrying a different burden this Christmas. Every year around Christmas time, I hear the saddest phrase at least once: “no Christmas for us this year.” It’s usually a plea for financial help. “We need money, or our kids won’t have a Christmas this year.”
It breaks my heart. You see, I know all about being poor. I know about penny pinching and being on a tight budget. I even know about living with no indoor plumbing for the first 13 years of my life. I get it.
But, I’ve learned that a low income isn’t the worst thing that can happen to a person.
My heart breaks for a society that has come to believe that Christmas costs x amount of dollars.
My heart breaks to see people going hundreds of dollars into debt to be able to “afford Christmas.”
My heart breaks to see mamas who spend “the most wonderful time of the year,” crying themselves to sleep because they want to buy more for those on their Christmas list.
A few days ago in our house, we were practicing our memory verse, James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift comes from above.” We don’t “do” Santa in this house, but my 4-year-old quipped, “Santa must live up there.” Why? Because even though we don’t do Santa, everyone around us has taught him that gifts come from Santa.
Can I just gently share a reminder? And I pray that you can see my heart in this.
Christmas is not about money. It’s not about presents, or Santa, or having the most perfect decorations.
It’s about a king. A king who, out of love for His people, humbled himself to come to earth as a lowly baby, born in a manger. So that he could live a life, destined to die.
It’s about a savior whose love is so big that nothing can separate us from Him.
And it doesn’t cost a dime.
But your little ones don’t know that yet. They need you to teach them, sweet mamas.
As moms, we have a lot of control in our households. You know the saying, “If mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.” The opposite is also true–your positive outlook in the midst of bad circumstances can go a long way.
A lack of money or fancy gifts can’t take Christmas away from your kids. The most dire circumstances can’t take Christmas away from your kids.
In the midst of the worst circumstances ever, Christmas is the reason we can still have hope. Don’t ever think you can’t have Christmas.
Christmas–and the hope and salvation that resulted from it–is the one thing that satan can never take from us. No matter what else happens in this life, we will always have that.
Nothing can take away that good and perfect gift!