The romance of Christmas child vomit.


There is something actually quite romantic about cleaning up toddler sick together at 11.30pm on Christmas evening. I actually had other ideas of what I would be doing with my husband at that time of night – but it seems that was not to be. Luckily God has granted that my cycle coincides with Christmas perfectly this year, and Christmas is of course 12 days long – so there’s always tonight 😉

Anyway… amidst the tsunami of child vomit and lack of sleep, I was reminded that this was not so far from the truth of what would have been happening on Jesus’s original, 1st or 2nd birthday. Mary, no doubt – like any other mother would have spent many a sleepless night dealing with the normal duties of motherhood: dirty nappies, vomit, teething, bumped heads, lost bedtime toys, you name it…

And by her side would have been Joseph. Amazing, kind Joseph who had committed his life to protect and care for a woman he knew he would never sleep with, and a child who was not biologically his. What kind of man is this?! What kind of love is this?! Joseph – my confirmation name, my son’s middle name. Joseph – always there, but always in the background. Obtaining such graces for our family. Solid, gentle, dependable, selfless Joseph.

So as my husband and I look up at each other over a mountain of wet wipes and antibacterial spray, we smile! Our baby is feeling much better now she has been sick, and really that’s all that matters. Despite the hellish, chronic fatigue ridden, unemployed, emotional roller-coaster of a year we have had, Christmas day has been wonderful. And I am here cleaning up sick with a man who could never love me more than he does right now 🙂

2 thoughts on “The romance of Christmas child vomit.

  1. Sounds like grace that brings needed strength, which when put into right action, creates an intimacy and attraction. Oh that all couples and parents would know this blessing continually! I imagine that although Mary and Joseph didn’t experience exactly the same things, there were great challenges through which they had the opportunity to love.

    The Christmas season tends to create an openness on our part, to receiving God’s peace and love, because we focus on what’s truly important. Where there is peace and love, challenges are easily overcome.

    So that pattern can be maintained throughout the year and in any circumstance. Are we focussed on what is truly important on a daily basis? That’s the message that I shared with our congregation (specifically the visitors) after every mass on Christmas day. They were invited to spend time each day reading the book “Rediscover Catholicism”, in order to get used to considering what is truly important, and be freed from what isn’t important, and thus becoming open to God’s peace and love.

    Merry Christmas.

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