My heart longs to be the perfect mom. You know the one that has a meal on the table every night, clean clothes folded nicely and put away in drawers, and the one that writes little notes in lunchboxes that go to school. I fall short of that in between teaching, tutoring, church activities, etc. There never seems to be enough of me to go around.
As the Christmas season approaches, it only gets worse with the parties, gifts to buy, a house to decorate, church cantatas to be sung, family functions to attend….I’m exhausted before it’s begun! Surely I’m not the only one!
Christmas is so much more than the hustle and bustle and endless festivities though. I want my daughter, Rachel, to know there’s more and it’s my job to teach her. We read the Christmas story. We bake cookies and take them to people in our church. We buy gifts for others in need so that I can teach her about generosity. But in my heart, I knew that wasn’t enough. I wanted her to know more about the real reason of the season, Jesus.
Last year we attempted the Names of Jesus Advent Tree that I’ve seen on Pinterest numerous times. Truthfully, we started it and I didn’t follow through with it and counted down the days ‘til Christmas with a store bought candy advent calendar instead. This year I am determined to make it work and have already started the process.
We used small, simple cheap glass ornaments and Sharpie markers to write the names of Jesus. The provided list of 25 names for Jesus that I found also came with a passage of scripture to read and discuss as you put up the ornament daily. I loved reading the list and discussing it with her. She knew He was called the Prince of Peace, Alpha and Omega, and Messiah. However, certain names were new to her such as The Lion and the Lamb. She quickly added to the list of 25 so we ended up with lots of extra ornaments. When she wrote “BFFFE” on one of hers, I asked for an explanation. She said, “He’s my best friend forever and forever and ever.” Thank you, Lord that my precious little seven year old knows already that the only thing that will bring true joy and contentment throughout her lifetime is Jesus. She already knows He will never leave her. I am grateful for my family, church family, friends, and children’s workers in our church that are helping me raise her right!
Our ornaments aren’t as beautiful and creative (and definitely not as glittery, haha) as the pictures on Pinterest. Some of them are even misspelled and some have pictures on them. The time we spent together making them and the time we will spend putting them on our little tree are making memories for us and that’s more important to me than the most gorgeous of decorations. In the upcoming days, she and I are will both be learning more and more about Jesus as we count down the days ‘til Christmas. Jesus will be the center of Christmas for these Davis girls and I hope and pray the same for you and your family.
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