Having Childlike Wonder At Christmas

“If you tenderly care for this little child on my behalf, you are tenderly caring for me. And if you care for me, you are honoring my Father who sent me. The one who is least important in your eyes is actually the most important one of all.” Luke 9:48 TPT

We always travel for Christmas and it is all my children have ever known. They aren’t in their own house and they don’t sleep in their own beds. Our family has created something special here, but sometimes things fall through the cracks, such as forgetting the stockings and stuffers like I did last year!  I often question if this tradition of traveling is “best” for my kids.

Fellow mamas, why do I overthink and waste time stressing about my children’s enjoyment, when the incredible thing about our kids is their innocence, delight, and wonder during the Christmas season? Our children have so much to teach us as parents regarding slowing down and truly standing in amazement at the foot of Christ.

I know deep in my heart that all my children desire is the warmth, joy, and comfort of being with family. Where we are at Christmas doesn’t matter, what we eat is irrelevant, and if we miss a day of opening our advent calendar, our beautiful kids forgive us! Children rely on our steadfastness and peace when things are uncertain. However, our peace is often swapped for stress, guilt, and worry. Mamas, we need to remember this verse during Christmas: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13.

Children are full of wonder. They see pure beauty. They expect to see it, especially at Christmas. Small details excite them. But the funny thing is that the details they see and the details we moms focus on are so opposite. Cooking, decorating, shopping, and wrapping consume our time, but I want to encourage you not to become preoccupied with these tasks. Allow yourself to learn from your children. Watch them light up and lean into the luster-filled lens that they view the holidays through. I’m praying for all of us to have a peace that is contagious and spreads rapidly to those around us!


Rachel Jones and the Help Club for Moms team

Rachel Jones

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