So we’ve spent the month sharing all kinds of Christmas themed decor, projects, and ideas. We even had 12 full days of Christmas DIYs. We love all that stuff and everything about the Christmas season, but we wouldn’t be keeping our promise of being Real with you if we just left it at that.
See, there’s one thing that we could never DIY and that’s what Christmas is all about.
We believe that the Christmas story is just the beginning. You know that DIY I mentioned? Well, what we can’t do ourselves is take care of the fact that we’re not perfect…nope, not even close. Christmas is the start of God’s relentless pursuit of us. He loves us so much that he was willing to send his perfect son to earth to forgive us from our sin. Yikes, did she just say “sin” on a light, fun DIY blog? You heard it… let’s be Real. I sin… Jess sins… I’m willing to take a guess that you might too? It’s so sweet and comforting to think of little baby Jesus and get the warm fuzzies, and don’t get me wrong, I’m so dang thankful that Jesus came as a baby, but Christmas doesn’t end in that manger scene. Christmas, the true reason for Jesus coming, ended on a cross, and ultimately with an empty tomb. It might not make for as cute of a piece of wall art, or printable, but it’s the best gift we’ll ever receive. Jesus not only came, but he died for us, taking our sins upon himself. You know what would totally bum me out on Christmas morning? If my kids didn’t want the gifts I’d gotten them (especially the ones I got at 3am on Black Friday!) Parents want their children to accept their gifts, and it’s exactly the same with God. We didn’t deserve for Jesus to come for us, but He did and all we need to do is acknowledge that we can’t do it on our own and accept His gift of salvation. If you haven’t really thought beyond the manger scene before, I encourage you to do so this year. God’s gift to you will be the last gift you ever need and man, I guarantee it will be a Christmas you’ll never forget.
We sincerely wish you a Merry Christmas, but more than being merry, we wish that this Christmas will be life changing and focused on God’s gift for us (because seriously, what does being merry even look like? I picture cheesy sweaters and really big smiles). So, that’s what Christmas means to these Real Housewives. Thanks for letting us share with you.
PS-If you want to know more about this whole God thing, email us any time. There’s nothing more we’d rather talk about with you!
PSS- Here’s the info about our Christmas church services if you’re looking for a place to attend.Monica’s Church- Calvary Church of Souderton
Christmas Celebration 2011 Services
Friday, December 23, 6:00 & 7:30pm*
Saturday, December 24, 3:00, 4:30 & 6:00pm
*Deaf interpretation offered at the 7:30pm service
Childcare birth thru pre-k offered during all services
Jess’ Church- Hiltown Baptist
Christmas Eve Candelight Service
“Lessons and Carols”
Saturday, December 24, 6:30pm
Childcare provided through age 3
I’m so glad you were “real” with us!! What a great opportunity to share your hearts!! Thanks and Merry Christmas!!
Amen! So thankful to hear your true heart on Christmas.
thank you for sharing – you’re a huge encouragement to the rest of us!
Thank you for such a powerful & beautifully written post.
This is what Christmas means for me, too!
Merry, Merry Christmas!
This was SO wonderful! Do you mind if I share this on my blog?? It’s a beautiful description of how I feel and I couldn’t say it better if I tried!
@Blogger Mama Thanks for your kind words!. We’d love for you to share this on your blog.
Have a Wonderful Christmas!!
Monica (and Jess)
thank you for sharing that! too many people are scared to get into what christmas really means! thank you and have a merry christmas!
Thanks so so much!!
Beautiful… thanks for sharing your heart. Praying blessings for you both as you seek to honor Jesus through your gifts and passions! 🙂
Whatever you need to be good to your fellow humans is fine with me. But not all of us need a fear of punishment to act decently to one another. This is a season with many celebrations – based on the human need to hope that tho the days are short, the sun will come again.