As the team here at Ask God Today Ministries has been sharing some of our Christmas memories and stories, I’d like to share mine with you today. Let’s just say that this particular memory taught ME a lesson about Christmas from a three year old!
Listen in as I explain how that three year old impacted my Christmas so many years ago!
Hi I’m Tammy Karasek. I’m one of the contributing writers here at Ask God Today Ministries and as we are celebrating Christmas this month of December, we’ve all decided to share a little Christmas memory or story with you. And I’m happy to share mine with you.
I must confess that I’m a recovering perfectionist. I say recovering because until the Christmas of 1989, I really had a problem with being a perfectionist. To the point that it had to be just like this and things had to be just like so and colors had to coordinate.
In Christmas of 1989 I kind of gave up those perfectionistic ways of the holiday… Well let me tell you why.
It was the beginning of December and I was sick on the couch, unlike today I kind of have a little December cold going on but thankfully I’m not on the couch.
Our three year old daughter was excited for the Holiday. This year was the year she kind of new a little more of what was going on.
My husband had put up the tree for us and we were going to be decorating but… I just didn’t have any energy. Each day our daughter would say, “Mommy, is dis da day? Mommy, will we get to decorate today?”
I’d say, “Maybe later. Maybe later.”
So finally, about the 4th day she informed me that she was going to decorate.
Without the energy to really argue I thought she would probably put on one or two ornaments and we’ll be done with it.
Low and Behold she pulled the lid off (I don’t know how she got it off it’s a pretty tight lid on those containers).
She got the lid off and one by one she pulled out the ornaments.
She would say, “I be berry careful, Mommy! I be berry careful with the ormanents.”
Sure enough she would gingerly walk to the tree and carefully place the ornaments on the tree.
This went on for a good 45 minutes as she kept going at it.
At one point I glanced over at the tree I noticed that all the ornaments were about 18 inches high on the tree and the other 3 or 4 feet were empty.
The perfectionist in me immediately thought, “Oh I’m going to have so much extra work to do. I’m going to have to move all of them because they are all kind of clustered right there in the front.”
As I was thinking about all of this in my mind I heard a gasp from the container. She looked like she was about to fall in but that’s not why she gasped.
All of a sudden she said, “I found it Mommy! I found it! And I will be berry berry careful.”
She got out and she cradled an ornament in her hand, she walked very slowly to the couch and as she got close to the couch she bent her little knees down and presented this little ornament to me and said, “I got the most important ormanent, Mommy! It’s dis one. Dis is why we have a Kismas tree. It’s all about da baby Jesus. Dis is da one, Mommy.”
And like now I teared up and I said, “You know, little girl. You understand it. You are right. That is the most important ornament and you are right that is why we have a Christmas tree. It is all about baby Jesus.”
And at that moment I looked at the tree and I realized it was the most beautiful tree I’ve ever seen. All 18 inches of those ornaments..
And so as we prepare for Christmas this year… I am a recovering perfectionist but when we decorate the tree, wherever someone puts that ornament, that’s perfect to me because it’s their joy and they know why they are putting it on that tree in our family.
And I pray that you also have a Christ filled Christmas in your home and that your family, whoever that may be that gathers with you, know why you are decorating that tree and Who we have that Christmas tree for. It is all about Baby Jesus and…
I would love it if you would share a comment below with our team. As we’ve been sharing our Christmas memories, I would love if you would share a memory that you have, or if there is something we could pray for you about this Christmas season. If it will be a sad time for you we would love to be praying for you. We ask that you will share that comment below.
By the way a little P.S. to the story… When my husband came home later that day he walked in the room and looked at the tree and looked at me and looked back at the tree.
And I put my finger on my mouth and I said, “Someone special wanted to decorate the tree today and I think it looks beautiful don’t you?”
My daughter looked at him and said, “I decorated it today, Daddy! Because dis tree is all about da Baby Jesus and dis Kismas Tree is pitty. Very pitty.”
And to this day this ornament stays front and center of our Christmas tree because it really is all about the Baby Jesus.
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