Monday, December 20, 2010
I love Christmas. I really do. After Thanksgiving it is my favorite holiday. It definitely is my favorite time of year- or holiday season. There is something about the preparation that goes on during Advent and the wonder and amazement that flows during this time of year that has always made it a time when everything seems ok- for the time being.
It’s been a tough year. As one blogger put it, “Not enough time. Not enough money. Not enough head out of the fog for me.”
And it’s true.
We were all relatively healthy in 2010. We had our moments of doubt where we thought bills wouldn’t get paid or health wouldn’t reign supreme, but in the end the bills got paid (late) and health returned and we were, as always, lucky.
But getting into the Christmas spirit- that overwhelming sense of joy and anticipation at the coming birth of Jesus- has been difficult.
My children are beyond excited for Christmas and there is recognition on their parts that this is about more than presents on Christmas morning. There are discussions about Jesus’ birthday and Advent and the Nativity. The meaning behind Christmas is alive and well within my children and that alone should thrill me.
But I cannot make the fullness of the season come to life as I would like to. And should be able to.
We are so excited to welcome our third baby in 2011.
We are thrilled to have two children who are healthy and happy.
We are stronger than we have been and we look forward to continuing that strength and love.
But hurriedness, an ever-increasing stress level and ever-dwindling bank account sometimes weigh far more heavily on the heart and mind than those, and so many more, wonderful things do.
How do we change that? Can it be changed?
A short few days remain before Christmas and then a few more before a new year and I’d like to be able to spend these days recognizing the good and magical rather than rushing through the necessary.
So, these next few days will be filled with baking and crafts and last minute shopping. They will be filled remembering that this time of year is about family and children and the friendships that you can rely on and trust. This time of year is about recognizing all of the wonderful that has been bestowed upon us the rest of the year. This time of year is about new life- our own and that of Jesus- and how to embrace new life each and everyday and share it with those around us.
I wish each and every single one of you a wonderfully Merry and Magical Christmas and a Very Happy and Blessed New Year! May 2010 end with you in good spirits and health and may 2011 begin and continue to bring you joy and good fortune!
Posted by Alison McGeary-Stella at 11:17 AM