At Christmas time, every year, I say this at least once, “That’s it! We are going home right now!”
It occurs when we were out running errands. Never fails at Christmas. Kid excitement boils over into a tantrum and I run out of tricks in my bag of tricks.
Then it happened in the bathroom at Chick-fil-a about a week ago. I heard another mom say, “That’s it! We are going home right now!” I couldn’t help it. I started laughing. I had just said it to my son an hour before…It is Christmas after all, and he was acting up already.
It is the Mom’s life at Christmas.
With Christmas comes excitement, then antsy children who cannot wait any longer, then tantrums, hitting or yelling at siblings (or worse, Mom) and finally, the Mom intervention.
Christmas time is exhausting for Moms. We carry our children’s flailing emotions and find ourselves frazzled with little room for our own emotions. We fill the shopping lists along with so much to do on top of our regular duties and work schedules.
I won’t tell you that you just need to take time for yourself this Christmas.
That idea is seriously overrated when you have kids. Especially at Christmas.
We need to give it up.
We need to give up the idea that the kids aren’t excited. Give up the idea that things are going to go as planned. Give up the idea that the kids won’t eat too much sugar or ask for too many toys. Give up the perfect Christmas both from yourself and your kids.
As Moms, we need to let Christmas come in the way the Lord wants it to. Seriously. Get the presents as best as you can, prepare the festivities you can with the resources you have, and let it happen.
Christmas is about letting our joy turn into love.
We can tell people all we want about Jesus, but until they see it in our lives, they won’t get it. Then, until they see Christ’s personal touch in their own lives, they won’t get it. But, the kids will naturally show it!
Until faith becomes a heart thing, Jesus remains just a baby born in a manger story that makes no sense to the world. Seeing children express their love and joy over Christmas, may turn a dark heart over to the King of Love.
So, let your heart speak, but also get your kids involved in sharing the love of Christ with others. Make gifts, cards, do a kind act or two. Make Christ the center of your life and let His love speak.
The kids may drive us crazy this time of year.
But, maybe we need to let them show their joy. The truth is, I didn’t take my son home after I said this to him. I bought him lunch at Chick-fil-a and he was well-behaved for the rest of our shopping trip. That one simple thing made all the difference. After all, he just acted like a kid, and self-control over his joy doesn’t come natural for him.
Even as big as he is and as special as he is, when he acts like a young child, people see Christ reflected in him.