Christmas is supposed to be a wonderful time of year, sprinkled with memory making, family togetherness, and meaningful experiences.
It’s SUPPOSED to be.
For this mama, the annual joy of Christmas is also mixed with stress, frustration, and much guilt-tripping as I make my way into the New Year.
You see, there is the KNOWLEDGE that Jesus is the reason for the season. There is the REALIZATION that I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. There is even a major EFFORT to stay intently focused on the depth and beauty of the journey and the glory of God being encased in flesh so that I can know Him fully.
But there is also the stress of finances. There is the overwhelming amount of creative ideas on Pinterest – none of which I seem to be able to make happen. There are the bars of perfectionism, guilt, and discontent that I erect around myself that then form a jail of negative voices which handcuff the very joy and peace that should be within my reach.
Christmas… every year… is a crisis situation in my heart…
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