When Christmas looks different, these three truths will encourage you!
Christmas looks different this year. My focus has been on finishing up shopping, creating intentional moments, but in the middle of all the busy parts, I still find myself stopping. When I stop, I am confronted with the fact that Christmas looks different this year. A mixture of other emotions is sprinkled in with the normal Christmas excitement.
Reflecting on this fact, I know I am not the only one who is preparing for a different Christmas. While we all have different stories and struggles, there is that common thread. Our expectations are held in limbo for the season.
Processing through the changes as Christmas looks different this year, I realize I have a choice and so do you.
We can wish for what was or we can find the good in this season.
Christmas was never intended to be a perfect day. Jesus was born in the midst of a messy stable, in imperfect circumstances. Christmas is a day where we celebrate our perfect Savior who came for our brokenness.
As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, let’s remember these three truths.
Focus on the reason for the holiday.
When we take our eyes off of all of the stress, we are able to truly savor the reason for the season- Jesus. He came to embrace us in the midst of the mess. Whenever you feel yourself starting to feel overwhelmed with all the stress, take a deep breath, and focus back on Him.
Allow yourself to grieve the loss.
Stuffing emotions away or pretending like everything is perfect is not going to solve anything. It is like putting a bandaid on a gushing wound that needs surgery. Eventually, things will be worse, not better.
You can grieve the loss without being consumed. When you feel sad, let yourself feel these feelings. It is important to acknowledge grief.
Look for the good.
Even in this messy season, there is so much good. Sometimes, the most beautiful moments spring out of the darkest of places. Keep your eyes open to the look for the good in every day.
Write it down if you have to. Count the good and claim it, and when it seems hard, remember the One who is always good and reflect on Him.
These three things are not going to take away the different feeling of this Christmas, but I know that they will center us on what is true and good.
As I anticipate the next week, I know that Christmas looks different, but I am starting to see the beauty in it. Different does not have to be bad, in fact, it can be rather lovely.
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