I am on a mission to celebrate the whole Christmas season this year. As moms, especially Catholic moms, we place much emphasis on Advent. Preparing. Getting ready. Anticipating. Christmas is coming. We try to balance making Christmas special and even magical for our children with our own desire to prayerfully make our hearts ready for his coming. Whether that is through Advent devotions, special bible studies, or just a desperate plea to “help me, Jesus” whispered in the last frantic car-line pickup of the school semester, we are trying to get ready for the Big Event.
As Advent draws to a close and we are prepared (or not) for the coming of Christmas, our thoughts may turn to what happens next. Celebration, exhaustion, or even just relief that we hopefully made it through the feast and merrymaking are what we look forward to. If we are lucky. But what about our hearts – what is to become of our care for them after Christmas day? We might remember that Christmas is not just a day, but a season that begins with commemorating our Lord’s birth. Sadly, too little attention is paid to the season of Christmas, and too much on the day of Christmas. Thankfully, there is a new resource that can help.
The Peace of Christmas: Quiet Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane M. Houdek is a sweet little book. This small paperback would make a nice stocking stuffer or gift for an Religious Education teacher, or something to add to your collection of quiet time reading. The Reflections can be read in order, or chosen randomly depending on what your heart needs at the moment. Each short chapter is comprised of two parts. The first part is a selection from a Pope Francis homily or speech, quiet and gentle in nature, chosen specifically to accompany a Christmas theme. The second part of each chapter is a suggestion or encouragement to apply the Holy Father’s reflection to your own life.
I look forward to returning to The Peace of Christmas year after year in the rare quiet moments between Christmas and Epiphany help me remember the reason for the whole season, and not just the big day itself.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. Affiliate links are used in this post.