a mom’s journey to a merry christmas

mom christmasby Susan Baker, Regular MOMtor Contributor

In the days before Christmas, I ponder my list.
I’m worried about what I might have missed.
There’s still lots to do, some big and some small.
Lord, help me to know what’s most important of all.

The children all nestled quite snug in their beds
Is more important than finding the right shade of red.
I don’t wear a kerchief, or a hand knitted cap
But wow, right now I could sure use a nap!

Outside on the lawn there are lights and some bows.
How it got done, I really don’t know.
The TV is filled with Christmas noise and chatter.
What’s one more show? Would it really matter?

The moon was so bright on Black Friday night.
The deals that I got then were quite out of sight.
But now, I must wrap all those gifts that I bought.
And I can’t quite remember all of what I got.

When I was younger I was lively and quick.
But as I get older, I’m one tired chick.
I need a double latte, with creamer on top.
Then off to more errands, just one more shop.

To Target, to Walmart, and then just one more.
I simply must stop at the grocery store.
I need eggs and some apples and a big coupon haul.
I’ll dash away, dash away, down to the mall.

And then, in a twinkling, I’ll be back home quick.
Then off to wrap gifts just to help out Saint Nick.
I’ll sneak and I’ll tip toe right up to the elf.
Then I’ll hide him right up on top of the shelf.

Dress the kids in red sweaters, clean jeans and warm shoes.
Then more photos for Grandma, to chase away the blues.
A bundle of gifts for the needy and poor.
I’ve just got to get it all out of the door!

Teacher gifts are all done, that was easy to do.
Postman, and policeman, and care giver too.
I still need to write just a few thank you notes.
Then maybe I’ll hide in the pile of lost coats.

There’s so much to do and time is so short
So why are my kids in a big pillow fort?
I’m cooking and cleaning and wrapping galore.
I couldn’t possibly do anything more.

But on Christmas eve, round a quarter to nine.
I’ll prop up my feet and be feeling quite fine.
Even if my list did not all get done,
Christmas will be here, it’s really quite fun.

At some point, I just give up. It’s not worth the fight.
And then, I relax and enjoy Christmas night.
There’s still lots to do, some big and some small.
Lord, help me to know what’s most important of all.

Help me Lord to exclaim beyond reason.
Merry Christmas to all, have a great holiday season.

susanbakerHouston Mom Blogger Susan Baker writes at ThisHappyMom and has a passion for encouraging weary worn out moms to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination for eggs, socks, and books. She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family. She serves an amazing God. She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder.

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  1. AH yes!! What a brilliant post that resonates with us ALL!!! So cute and so clever!!! I think I am finally toward the end- starting to feel the peace come in, and the ‘to do’s’ wind down….

    Most important of all?

    Lets celebrate our Savior’s birth, shall we?

    Have a BLESSED Christmas my friend!!!
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