The Christ of Christmas

First I would like to welcome you, my readers to my very first blog post on craftedbygrace. I’m very excited for the start of this blog. It is something I’ve been considering for a very long time, but never had the courage to do it. Recently I’ve been doing a video challenge of priorities and learning to write my goals down(a whole other blog by itself I’m sure). So here you have it, my first post. Please bare with me in my first endeavor!!

Being the Christmas season and my favorite time of the year, my heart was naturally drawn to do a post about Christmas. Not just about the parties, music, cookies, and fun, but also about the true meaning of Christmas- CHRIST. While I do love the season, it’s usually filled with too much stress, too much drama, and too much perfectionism. I always wanted to get the perfect Christmas outfits for my kids, make the tree perfect, and pretty much create a Currier and Ives painting. While all this is fine and good, I’m no Martha Stuart in the least stressful of times, so you can see how this would add stress to an already chaotic season. I can remember many disagreements with my spouse at Christmas time just because of the emphasis I put on perfectionism. Well this year I declared it would be different. What got done, got done. Kids wanted to hang all the ornaments on one side of the tree, no stress. I would just not look at the tree when I walked in the room, haha. Didn’t plan well enough to get the perfect Christmas cards out? Oh well there’s always next year. Get the picture? I wanted my main focus to be on Christ this season. And I have to say, it has been one of the most rewarding, eye opening month for me spiritually as I dwell on the Christ of Christmas, instead of the stress. I opted out of the cantata I usually sing in every year and tremendously enjoy, but it was going to take up way to much family time and I just didn’t want the stress. I was so blessed just being able to sit back and worship as the praise team sang the beautiful carols. A true blessing. So what have I learned through this letting go of perfectionism? I’ve been able to recognize a truly beautiful, imperfect world and enjoy my family so much more this Christmas. Most of all, I can see Christ. Especially in all the little things. And I have truly seen that He is the day star that shines in our hearts, and lights the way to the Father, just as surely as that star so long ago led the Wise men to the manger.
I do wish you a Merry CHRISTmas. I truly hope this is a blessed one for you!