Christmas is coming….just a few days away. I have tons to do and the recent days have been full of obligations and to-do lists. Things I have to do and those things that I feel I have to do and moments of not being able to figure out which is which. I’ve struggled this year with a minor lack of holiday cheer and I even admitted to someone that I find that I am a better Christian and more charitable and giving other months of the year and I’m not even sure that is a bad thing. This time of year is full of expectations and the fact that I am so busy doing Christmas prep, I don’t have as much time to be as giving as I am at other times. My door is always open and my kitchen table is always welcoming anyone who will sit for a cup of tea, but right now, you’d be hard pressed to find me at home to enjoy it. I like to surprise people with unexpected note cards and letters, but this year, I don’t have time to prepare cards. I’ve been known to bake treats and deliver them to friends and neighbors, but gift shopping has taken up my time for that. So, you see, this year, I’m just not “feeling it.” I long for more leisurely days and quieter times.
That said, this year is a bit different than other years. My kids are growing and/or grown and traditions we once held dear don’t really matter as they once did. Three of my kids live out of state so the shopping and shipping make gift giving a challenge. My oldest has recently graduated from college and is moving to Seattle on Christmas Day. Throw in a few general concerns and situations on the home front and I’m fighting the urge to say “Bah Humbug!” I won’t though, because I know the true reason for the season AND, I just have to remember what I’ve celebrated so far this season. I’m writing this publicly so when I get sad that my Christmas Holiday gets cut short by my oldest moving to Seattle on December 25th (Yes, I said that again. I think if I keep saying it, I might get used to the idea?)…remind me.
Remind me that:
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, a full house of laughs & good food and too much stuffing.
I went on an annual Christmas Shopping outing with a friend on the day that our town didn’t have any electricity. The mall decorations and lights were a real treat when I didn’t have any at home.
I attended Chicora Light -Up Night where Kaylee was able to perform her solo even though she was fighting a major sore throat and cold.
I made 8 batches of hard tack with my Mom and all of my daughters. We even went out of the box and made a Cotton Candy flavor.
I kicked off the Salvation Army Kettle Drive in our community.
I visited my Aunt Garnet with my mom and sister.
I went to Volant and donated books to the Amish for them to use as Christmas gifts.
I painted a Christmas Canvas with a friend. I just love my Red Truck with a tree in the bed!
Rehearsals were held and I was able to spend some time with some of the cutest Shepherds, Angels, and Mice I know!
A morning was filled with laughs and discussion at book club as we discussed a Christmas Fiction.
I had lunch with a friend.
Kaylee wowed me with her solo at the Jr. High Christmas Concert & the music those kids performed was amazing….and really fun!
I decorated and enjoyed a Christmas dinner with 30 of the women from church.
I hosted a dinner party. I figured I wanted to invite others over to see and enjoy my Christmas decorations. We had a fun time!
I enjoyed a tureen luncheon and Children’s Christmas Pageant at church. I couldn’t have been more proud of that gang! They did a wonderful job!
George & I have had fun shopping. (Always a great excuse for a meal out!)
I taught a 4 week Sunday School Class on A Christmas Carol.
I went out for dinner and to see the Christmas lights with George, Paul, and Kaylee.
I had a Christmas lunch out with my Mom, my Aunt Jean, my sister, my daughter, and 7 cousins.
I’ve baked cookies, made snacks and made hard tack with George, Kevin, and Nicole.
I invited my Brother and Sister in Law over for an evening of Hallmark Movie Bingo. We watched until someone got bingo and then we started a new movie. (We didn’t need to watch the end to know what happened.)
I had a nice lunch out while Christmas shopping with my brother.
Today, Kevin left to finish packing up his house, Nicole has gone to a friend’s house, Paul is playing video games and George and Kaylee are at lessons. It’s the first time I’ve had a minute to think in days. And, as I ponder how I am going to “get through” this Christmas, I’ve finally had a chance to think about what I’ve already done. I’ve already celebrated Christmas many times and I have been filled with joy at each of these things.
I hope you have a chance to take a minute to remember all the things that you have already done that lead up to the actual big day. Christmas is definitely more than just a single day. It is even more than just a season. We truly should try to celebrate it all year long.