“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 36:7, NIV.

I know that this year may look a lot different for you and your family, I know it does for me. Perhaps there are fewer Christmas presents under your tree than your kids are accustomed to. Maybe you will be spending Christmas alone, due to traveling restrictions, and you already feel the loneliness kicking in. This holiday may be full of grief from a loss you’ve endured this past year. Or, maybe God’s blessings are in abundance.

As I was scrolling Pinterest the other day I came across a quote,

I don’t remember what I got for Christmas when I was 6 or 10.
I do remember the smell of the kitchen on Christmas morning.
I remember counting the marshmallows my dad put in my cocoa.
I remember waking up, giving my parents a hug, and feeling magic.
Remember, it’s the memories that make the magic, not the gifts.

Whichever scenario you find yourself in this year, I hope you know that you are enough—and Jesus is more than enough. There’s so much pressure around the holidays to preform and deliver, but keep in mind the most valuable thing you can give to someone is your love and your time. Material things will fade and be forgotten, but memories of laughter, family game-night, Christmas baking, and hearing stories of the true meaning of Christmas will leave a legacy beyond a lifetime.

One of my cherished memories growing up is reading the story of Jesus’ birth on Christmas morning and then having a time of prayer.

This year, plan on calling or Facetimeing someone who may be alone this Christmas. Take the time to make a true connection and lasting memories. If this year has taught me anything, it is that my relationship with God, family and friends are so important. Let’s have a priceless holiday by drawing closer to those we love.


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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