Holidays bring a lot of different things along with the happiness and joy that should come with the time of the year. Celebrating our Savior’s birth brings along numerous events, activities, practices, performances and more. Last week, we had play practice for our Christmas program at church, band rehearsal for our Homeschool Band concert on Thursday and then the actual band performance Saturday night. Along with the concert itself, which my middle two children, myself, and my husband played in the band, I had to help coordinate the food for the reception afterward. Afterall, if we wanted people to attend our concert, the moms felt the people should be fed afterward. All of this brings a certain amount of stress.
But, then something happens to remind us of the joy of the season. As all the moms entered the church, a remarkable thing happened. All of the moms and especially the five moms who were playing in the band showed up wearing red tops and black bottoms. Prior to the event, none of us communicated with each other. So it was truly divine intervention. Then some levity also happens, such as us all agreeing on what the color combination should be for the spring concert. Or when everyone who attended the concert said how much they enjoyed the concert.
Now this week, we had play practice this evening, dress-rehearsal Saturday morning and then the actual performance during the Christmas Eve evening service. Y’all, we have six, count them, I said six members participating in the program. This means four children plus the two parents, who need not only costumes but also to learn line positions and more. Our youngest son is playing a Christmas cookie, our other three children are playing Christmas carolers while my husband and I are playing Mary and Joseph. By the time Christmas morning gets here, I think we will all be glad to sit back and enjoy the quiet Christmas Day we have planned.
But this is the things Christmas memories are made of and I know next year we will look back fondly on them. It does not matter if everything is perfect. It matters that we spent time as a family, participated and remembered that Jesus Christ was born, lived and died to save us all from our sins.
So how does your family handle stress at the holidays? I would love to hear from you. If you would like to read more posts from other members of the Homeschool Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.