Expecting Christmas

Let’s be brutally honest here…Christmas can be down right exhausting! In every way. Physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and financial. We have things and people pulling us in all directions so it is essential that we make the effort to bring Christ into our hearts and homes this Christmas before it claims our joy.

No where in the Bible does it say “Thou shalt be a frantic hot mess when you celebrate the birth Jesus!” But if you are like most women, there is no one but you that can master the expectations and traditions of your Christmas. The perfect card addressed and mailed, the special treats made only at this time of year, the tree all aglow like always and gifts bought and wrapped in an even amount so all are equal…and on and on. News Flash: If you are a woman… You are the bearer of your family’s Christmas in some form or fashion! But know that nothing is impossible and no one has to forge through Christmas alone because sometimes the expectations of it all can take a girl under! This is NOT what Christmas should be. You are not alone.

Maybe you are not married. Maybe you are married with no children. Maybe your kids have grown and moved away. Well, this all applies to you also. I was once single with 3 nephews and a family who expected great things from Aunt Abby because she had lots of free time and no other strings attached. I was also married for 6 years without a child and I set the tone for my husband’s Christmas while still being Aunt Abby to my boys. Aunt Abby had great expectations on her and still does. I love being Aunt Abby to my sister’s kids.

This season we hear a lot about Mary and Elizabeth. Mary was the mother of Jesus…I mean she is a main character in this season. Anyway, let’s venture over to their kinship for a minute and apply it to my point today. God sent both of these ladies an angel to tell them of their baby boys. Today we have angels in disguise. Did you know God sends us angels in like minded women?! They come to encourage and walk alongside us in seasons just like Christmas. Sure they don’t glow or have wings, but they are still angelic. So, if you feel like an army of 1 this time of year know that you are NOT alone! We are all forging through this season with you. No woman is immune to expectation this time of year.

These two women were separated by years and miles, but connected in the heart. Mary walked many miles to see Elizabeth. Elizabeth probably had no idea Mary was coming to visit. In those days open doors were the order of the day. Hospitality with little to offer, no servants, no planned party, just an open heart. Seems impossible, but it’s not! They had no expectation but open doors and hearts.

These two are proof that God is the God of the impossible. Elizabeth was old and having a baby given to her by God and Mary was her young cousin and having the Son of God. Those two must have been a sight, and together they lifted each other up, encouraged each other and I am pretty sure they laughed. How can you not laugh about that?! Ages apart and worlds apart but likeminded in the most miraculous way.

So, as you prepare your heart and home for Christmas this year, find a like minded friend to forge through this season with. Pray, laugh and plan together. It will be fun and much needed after the year 2020 has been for all of us. No one here is immune to the expectation of Christmas or the disappointments of 2020. Remember God is still working miracles and making the impossible possible. Let’s make this Christmas different in our hearts and homes. I hate the saying “You deserve it” but sweet sister, you do deserve that reward this year!

-Abby Jo-

Published by Abby Lee

Celebrating and decorating with purpose is my favorite thing to do. When I am not filling a tree with ornaments or throwing a birthday party for my golden doodle, I am being mom to a super cool tween son, the wife to a fine blue eyed man and selling real estate. I call northeast Arkansas home and when I am not loving on my people or celebrating in our space, I am using words to express myself here or on my podcast. Be sure to follow me! I am the co-author of a blog called Life with My Sister and have a podcast called Abby As-Is. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

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