DAY 36: “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

“Remember to be in the moment…”

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,

With the kids jingle belling

And everyone telling you ‘Be of good cheer,’

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

It’s Christmas week! That means the plans have been made, shopping is done, presents are wrapped and under the tree, food is prepared, and everyone is good to go, right? Isn’t that what every Christmas looks like? Everyone is in a good mood, kicked back with a glass of wassail and just waiting for Santa to come.  Oh, and then we woke up! It is the most wonderful time of the year, and we should “be of good cheer,” but sometimes we can get so caught up in the doing that we forget to just be. Are you stuck in the “doing” mode five days before Christmas?  Look at the next verse from the song “The Most Wonderful time of the Year.”

“It’s the hap-happiest season of all,

With those holiday greetings

And gay happy meetings when friends come to call.

It’s the hap-happiest season of all.”

Is it the hap-happiest season of all at your house? If not, you still have time to make it so! Check the atmosphere and see what may causing it to not be the happiest season. Are you stressed out, running behind in your preparations? Take a breath, clear your head, put on some great Christmas music, and re-prioritize the rest of your week. What will it take to get the important things done and still maintain a happy atmosphere in your house? All the preparations are great, but if you get to the end and you didn’t enjoy it what good is it, really? Remember to be in the moment with your kids, your family, your loved ones. That is what you will remember, that is what they will remember. More than presents under the tree, more than great food on the table, it is about being together and remembering the real reason for the season.

“There’ll be parties for hosting,

Marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow

There’ll be scary ghost stories

And tales of the glories

Of Christmases long, long ago.”

I don’t know if I’ve ever known anyone who told ghost stories at Christmas, but I love the thought of telling the tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago! This is a good way to keep traditions going and pass down the stories to the generations. I have several Nativity sets that we would put up at Christmas every year. The kids also had their own Precious Moments set that they couldn’t wait to get out. They put theirs under the tree so they could access it and play with it at any time. The other big sets, we would vote on to see which would go on top of the piano. They would squeal with delight when we got out the “Big Box!” Each figure was wrapped individually in its own little box. There were stables, fake snow, extra figurines, moss, and other fun things that went with the sets. It was like opening presents ahead of time for them. After the Nativity sets were up, we would read the Christmas Story (Luke 2:1-20). This was a tradition that they loved, and we used the figures in the Nativity to help tell the story.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

There’ll be much mistletoeing

And hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near

It’s the most wonderful time

It’s the most wonderful time

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

Telling the story of Jesus’s birth is a wonderful story to tell. It is, and should be, the most wonderful time of the year! If we focus on Him and remember the real reason for the season, we will create memories that will pass down from generation to generation. May your house be the hap-happiest house of all this Christmas!

Shalom,

Mama Swan