And then there is the less obvious, but equally overwhelming shift in perspective: suddenly, you are all too aware of what the original Christmas must have been like for two major players - Joseph and Mary. Yes, there is the ability to relate to the fact that they had to go through the same anticipation that comes along with pregnancy and eventually welcoming a child into the world. But then there is the ongoing realization that after Jesus was born, these people were parents to this little boy (who just happened to be the son of God... minor detail).
I wouldn't venture to say that the whole story of Christmas and Jesus coming to earth as a real, live little boy with two parents entrusted to take care of him (um, and I think raising the twins is a lot of responsibility) is any more significant to me now that I'm a parent, but I guess it has just taken on a new meaning. Anyway, I'm sure some of you can relate and so I just wanted to share two of my favorite (non-traditional) Christmas songs that have brought this home for me:
(Sorry for the cheesy, lyric-printed music videos)
"You're Here" by Francesca Battistelli
"Joseph's Lullaby" by MercyMe
And as a bonus, my (likely along with every female child of the 80s) favorite:
"Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" by Amy Grant