Sunday, December 23, 2012

The True Meaning of Christmas

ICLWers:  You may want to start reading here, there are several links to my loss and infertility journey and you can avoid the pregnancy posts if you wish to (I completely understand, trust me).

I have always loved Christmastime.  It's such a wonderful time of the year.  I love the decorations, seeing little children all dressed up and excited, Mall Santas making memories, cheerful music, great food and of course family.  It's one of the few times of the year that everyone really slows down and appreciates each other.

One special thing that I got to be a part of this year was an Adoration service with the Bishop of Orlando.  To explain for anyone who isn't familiar with it, adoration is a form of worship in which Catholics pray and honor God by celebrating him in the form the holy Eucharist.  It is a beautiful form of worship and at this service we sang and dimmed the lights while praying.  Since it was so close to Christmas we had a statue of pregnant Mary and while praying I was overcome with a sense of awe that Mary actually carried Jesus exactly like I am carrying my Sweet Pea right now.

I always knew intellectually that it was a huge honor for her and that she was very blessed but being pregnant during Christmas put it into a totally new perspective for me.  I feel so honored to be carrying our baby and I cannot imagine how much more honored she must have felt.  What an incredible miracle.


  1. I love this post. I feel very blessed to be pregnant during the Christmas season because otherwise I may never have fully appreciated Mary's journey and responsibilities.

    1. May God bless both of us in our pregnancies! It's also very special to me because several times during Mass they have prayed for the intention of pregnant women and that makes me feel so blessed.

  2. Here from ICLW. I was pregnant during Christmas 9 years ago, it was it first baby.....I had a great Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

  3. It sounds like a truly beautiful experience. I'm glad you got to experience it.

    ICLW #6 Dragondreamer's Lair

  4. I'm so glad that you are finding new connection and insight into the Lord through your pregnancy! Congratulations and best of luck!

  5. Happy holidays and happy ICLW! I got such a big smile and giggle out of the Carlton dance on the previous post. I hope your pregnancy is amazing!

  6. Lovely reflection! :D Hope you had a great Christmas!