The Whispered Why Behind the Celebration

For years I set aside special ornaments for only mommy to put on the tree. The precious. The breakable. The nostalgic ones full of syrupy sentimental value. The ones I didn’t want to get ruined or even the teensiest bit damaged. Wedding bells, crystal picture frames, and treasured ornaments from around the globe.

I withheld joy without really meaning to with the justification that the season is busy and bustle-y. Who has time to clean up broken ornaments or shattered decorations?

(Like the one year where a certain beautiful bulb was smashed to smithereens by a ruthless wayward remote-controlled helicopter. A story that will be fondly remembered and recalled for many Christmases to come. One tiny fragile ornament and all those big gulping mama sobs and tears.)

It has taken some serious soul searching and relentless conviction of the Holy Spirit to reveal to my heart that the real value of this time of year is not in the glorious doing, but rather the joy that comes from what we are celebrating in the first place.

And so I have begun to loosen my grip on the list of untouchables, allowing my children to enter into the adorning of the season more fully and without hindrance of what they might ruin.

For we could have the most beautifully decorated tree and still miss the point. Failing to grasp the message of hope that comes from honoring the humble beginning and the miraculous birth. Reliving and retelling of the sinless babe who came to rescue us all.

In fully celebrating Him, we must get over ourselves. Selfishness has no place in commemorating Jesus. We must make Him known. His sacrifice. His offering of love which brings forth life.

And so we look for ways to rejoice without reservation, to worship and celebrate whole-heartedly. To enter into this season unshackled by presumptions or unnecessary grandeur of self.

We yearn to seek out the simpler pleasures, looking for ways to fully enjoy the reality of Jesus while enjoying the company of one another.

And although the Christmas tree may look haphazard and the decorations far from Pinterest perfect, we will rejoice, hearts aligned with Him in celebration.

In the sights. The sounds. The doing. The remembering.

And while we remember, we discover even more reasons to celebrate. For we have been given a glorious invitation to something more. Something precious. Something eternal.

The ultimate gift of life is made possible by the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He came to give us life — life to the full! {John 10:10}

And so we celebrate Him, the One who is worthy of all our praise. He alone is the reason behind the festive revelry and thoughtful reflection.

For He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The One in whom we live and breathe and have our being. {Acts 17:28} To Him be all glory and honor. So let’s celebrate HIM and celebrate Him well. Care to join me?

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Anne-Renee Gumley

Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.
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Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family’s party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won’t go away.

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