It wasn't a clean, painless entry into the world for Jesus. It was a birth - messy, vulnerable, painful.
Maybe instead of fighting against the pain or messiness of the season, we can embrace it.
It's possible to embrace the hard stuff, and also celebrate other things in our lives:
Maybe we can celebrate having people around us that we love.
Maybe we can celebrate our health.
Maybe we can choose to celebrate the small steps we're taking toward reconciling with family members, or the fact that we're setting healthy boundaries.
There are things to celebrate.
There are things to mourn.
We can do both.