It all started with a text message from my mom a few weeks ago that read “I found baby jesus”. At first it didn’t make sense, then it all hit me. Let me explain.
When I was in kindergarten we all made our own Baby Jesus Christmas ornaments. It consisted of 1/2 a walnut shell stuffed with putty & a blue square piece of fabric placed on top (for a blanket). A piece of yarn was tied around it with a bent paperclip to hang on the tree. Pretty simple, right? But, this was my favorite ornament because I made it when I was a little girl, and what it represented.
Every year I’d hang Baby Jesus on the tree. When I went to college my family would keep my own personal ornaments back so I could hang them on the tree when I came home from school. We’d talk about how well Baby Jesus was holding up and how old he was getting. Then came the year my dad decided to clean the basement. In his overhaul of the basement, all the Christmas ornaments got thrown away….along with all our childhood creations as well! Let’s just say my mom wasn’t very happy.
Now, it’s been at least 9 years since the ornaments got thrown away, if not 10 years. After receiving my mom’s text message it was nice to know my Baby Jesus wasn’t at the bottom of some landfill decomposing! I had assumed my mom found a box of old ornaments, but that wasn’t the case. She found Baby Jesus by himself…..hanging on a random shelf in a closet. How did Baby Jesus find himself out of the Christmas box into this closet? Who knows. Do I believe in Christmas miracles? Maybe. All I know is that this ornament has been missing for over 9 years and now it has appeared. I’m definitely going to make sure it never gets lost again.
What’s your miracle this season? Remember, it doesn’t have to be huge and spectacular, just something that feels a bit magical. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Written by: Tamara Wilhelm MA, LMHC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counselingat Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.