Merry Christmas to everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.
As you eat prime rib, turkey, and open gifts from your family and friends are you thinking this Christmas is not meeting expectations? Is it different, are your traditions changing? Our Christmas traditions are definitely changing and it’s not a bad thing. It’s an adjustment.
Due to outside family obligations, we have “our” Christmas on Christmas Eve-Eve on December 23rd and open presents at 12:01 am on Christmas Eve.
Long story, but it’s become a tradition. Normally I get the 23rd and or the 24th off, but this year I had to work and it really put my Christmas season out of whack.
We had the dinner, which was AMAZING, but then can prime rib roast NOT be amazing. My husband was wonderful in getting dinner prepared while I was at work and Christmas program practice.
I basically showed up and ate, which wonderful and odd at the same time.
It’s now Christmas Day, it is just the two of us, and the house is quiet. This gives me time to reflect on the year and where I’ve been and where I’m going.
This year I “let go” during the Holidays.
- I didn’t get every Christmas cookie made.
- I didn’t get cards mailed, ok that’s several years in a row.
- I didn’t stress about all the presents under the tree being adorned with bows, ribbons and looking fancy.,,,in fact
- ALL the presents were with the SAME wrapping paper, and not a bow to be seen (OMG!)
- Not all the Christmas decorations were put up this year.
- I shrugged off the fact my “extra” presents for people didn’t happen this year.
- I didn’t cry when all the kids couldn’t be home during dinner. (traveling from out of state isn’t predictable)
- I didn’t stress about the “yearly” family Christmas photo in front of the tree where everyone is dressed up for church service. (didn’t happen this year)
- I didn’t freak out that everyone couldn’t make it to Christmas Eve service. (my daughter had to work late)
- I didn’t go into a panic trying to find that present (ornament) that got “lost” this year. It will show up this week I’m sure.
What I did do this year.
- I was thankful for the present, now and today.
- I sat on the couch, watched the Christmas tree lights and listened to Christmas carols on Pandora.
- I hugged my adult kids when I could, much to their dismay.
- I snuggled on the couch with my husband watching Christmas movies.
- I played the piano during the church Christmas Eve program and listened to the pure sound of the kids singing Away in the Manger.
- I teared up singing Silent Night at the Candlelight portion of the service.
- I am grateful to be alive and have all my grown kids healthy, happy and all together today. No matter where they are spending the day.
Does it feel different? Yes, and it feels odd. But,…Christmas is not about the commercialism, the wrappings, or the gifts.
It starts with Christ, a baby born a humble birth, in a time of turmoil, who was sent by God to save His people and world. The Peace of God, the everlasting forgiveness who washes away our sins, cleanse us and makes us new.
To think over two thousand years ago a simple baby, a child, a man, was able to change the world. All of this without social media, just word of mouth from one person to another.
Merry Christmas Everyone and Remember the Reason for the Season!