Merry Christmas from Mother Goose

The home of Mother Goose has just been a flurry of feathery activity these past few days as we prepare for our Christmas celebration. You can imagine, I’m sure, the excitement of this Christmas — the sailor sons of Mother Goose have returned home to join us for nearly two weeks, all the other children are on their Christmas break from school. There’s gift buying galore, lavish gift-wrapping parties, cookie exchanges and homemade eggnog with all the friendly neighbors, school and church programs, handmade tree decorations, and Christmas light tours through our village.

Merry and bright...

Well, actually, some of that last paragraph was a bit of an exaggeration…. Mother Goose baked only one batch of cookies this year, I wrapped presents all by myself, didn’t make any tree decorations at all and we buy our eggnog already prepared. But wouldn’t that have been the ultimate Christmas preparations!

Ho Ho Homer

But what’s the reason for all the fuss anyway?

In our family, Christmas is the time to remember the love of God. He loved us so much that He sent His only Son to earth to live as we do (except that He was perfect and never sinned at all) and to ultimately pay the price for our sins by dying on the cross (which is what Easter is all about).

I was thinking about how much of the original Christmas story is still a part of our celebrations.

There were shepherds who came to visit the holy family with their new Baby. Going to visit family and friends is still important around the holidays — the family of Mother Goose is driving to see our kind and loving relatives in Huntley this afternoon. I’ve been visiting with several friends over the past couple weeks. It’s just a natural time to gather!

Of course, there’s gift giving — a traditional custom that has gotten severely out of control, but we still have fun opening all those presents, don’t’ we? The wise men who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph had lots of presents loaded on their camels — gold, frankincense, myrrh are not easily purchased at Walmart these days, but our gifts are still given with love.

And the angels were singing Christmas carols in the night sky. Maybe tonight if you step outside, you’ll hear them too.

At this time of the year, we are seriously reminded to care for the poor. We are overwhelmed with appeals for helping various charities. The bell ringers stand in the cold blessing each and everyone of us who drops some coins into their kettles. The original Christmas family were quite poor — practically homeless at the time of Jesus’ birth. Imagine the conditions of giving birth in a stable or a cave as some people have reasoned… Mother Goose has given birth many many times but never in such poor circumstances.

Nativity and a sweet snowman

When Mary and Joseph found out two thousand years ago that they were going to have a baby even though they hadn’t gotten married yet, they were puzzled about the situation but they believed the word of the angel Gabriel who gave them the news. Much of our Christmas time is based on faith as well — we just have to believe that everything will turn out alright.

In our family this year, we have had some confusion about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day plans. We have several complications with ex’s and ex-in-laws — it can be quite painful for Mother Goose to work through these conflicts and I won’t go into all of that right now.

My point is this: sometimes with all the shopping and wrapping and plans and alternate plans, we can feel like Christmas is nothing but a great big pain in the neck and we just can’t wait to get it over with. But Mother Goose asks you a huge favor this Christmas: BELIEVE that God loves you, and that everything’s gonna be OK. In the chaos, in the joy… in the craziness and perhaps in the sadness that you’re going through, God knows all about it and He’s with you. He’s on your side. He’s going through it all with you. His name is Emmanuel which means God is with us. It’s gonna be a Merry Christmas because of that.

Blessings abundant to you and your family from Mother Goose and the whole family! Merry Christmas!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dianna
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 13:46:39

    What a wonderful message, Mother Goose!! Thank you so much for bringing the Christmas story into our modern-day lives. I hope all the logistics work out for your family gathering. We, too, will be “in motion” on Christmas Day. But I’m so thankful that, for the most part, all of our family members are within an easy half-hour drive. Well, except for one niece, whom I would DEARLY love to have living next door, but anyway.
    Many Christmas blessings to you, my friend!


    • Natalie
      Dec 25, 2011 @ 08:20:02

      Thank you so much Dianna for all the wonderful stories and pictures that you share with us! Have a holly jolly Christmas — it’s the BEST time of the year!


  2. Bunn
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 08:13:52

    Very nice to remember the REAL reason for Christmas!!
    And on a funnier note and perhaps not the right place to share this… But you can still get francincence and myrrh at your local head shop! Teehee!


  3. ElizOF
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 04:27:07

    A Merry Belated Christmas too! 😉


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