Sunday, December 22, 2013

:: Christmas Present ::

I’ve been thinking about you.
I’ve been thinking about writing and sharing some of what’s going on here in my home, in my life…in my mind this holiday season.
Every time I sit down at the computer to write…
nothing comes.
Not because I have nothing to say…Oh no.
But, because there is SO MUCH to say--
Where to start?  Which topic first?
The hustle and bustle wears me out.  The activity wears me out.


There is overload. Christmas overload.  I think it is so sad to say that. To blame overload on Christmas.
In fact I find irony in the phrase…

Irony, because Christ came to bear all our burdens…yet, this busy time of year, we MAKE ourselves busy. We MAKE OURSELVES  burdened. 

I’m trying so hard to not sound ‘grinchy’ …worried while everyone else is going about making all things merry and bright, for what?  Why am I worried?  Why do I care if I sound ‘grinchy’ or not?   When people have obviously forgotten the True meaning of Christmas.
I guess, I’m afraid if I say it out loud; maybe it would hurt someone’s feelings?  I don’t know.  And yet… I’ve not had ONE person, while I’ve been out and about, wish me a MERRY CHRISTMAS, without me saying it first. It sounds like I'm judging and keeping a record, but truly, it just an observation I've made. 
Yes, Christ came, he was born and laid in a manger. He humbled himself. Left Heaven and Glory for what?    Is there anyone left who doesn’t know the story? 

Christmas is a wonderful time of year!

It is not for me to say “To Enjoy Christmas, the presents, the lights, the tree …is wrong.”
It is not for me to say “ YOU MUST CELEBRATE the birth of Christ in an honorable way.”

I’m just saying however you celebrate this holiday—remember humility.

Put others first.
Give kindness. Give joy. Give time to someone who is lonely.
Give a hug to someone who is not huggable. 
Share a memory with someone who is grieving.
Open yourself up to receive a blessing by blessing someone else.  Mind you that is NOT why we give…so that we can receive. But by giving from our hearts…we do receive a blessing out of it. 
Share the joy of Christmas—and if the opportunity arises, say a prayer for those who are without the TRUTH.

Til next time, Be Blessed!

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, [and] being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. ~ Philippians 2: 5-8


Diane said...

It is ironic when you put it that way! I agree about the Christmas spirit. I remember years ago, say pre-80s, during December there was a nice feeling every where; everyone seemed like they were in a good mood. Not so now.

Diane said...

Merry Christmas Pat!

I can relate to what you are saying, I myself seem to have less energy with the Christmas season of late. I so love the holiday, but seem a little overwhelmed with all it comes with. Maybe it is an aging thing, who knows. Maybe I am looking for the simple, old fashion Christmas I had as a kid. Maybe I miss the snow. However, I still feel connected to my faith this time of the year and that has not changed at all. Hoping you have a blessed Christmas my friend. Hugs, Diane

Nadine @ Chic with the Kool-Aid Mustache said...

I share your feelings. I thought perhaps because this is my first Christmas as an empty nester but I think it's much more. The Christmas season began before Halloween even arrived so by the time the actual day comes we're just desensitized by it all. I did put on some Christmas music while alone in my office today, and noticed my smile was a little bigger and my heart a bit lighter when I left today. Merry Christmas to you and yours, may the joy of the day return to you.

Melanie said...

Yes, you said what I had been thinking. No judgement for those that decorate, it just wasn't for me to do so much decorating this year. My thoughts are in a different place this year. We did what felt right for us. Wishing you and your family a Merry CHRISTmas.

Revi said...

Your observation about all the fussy stuff becoming a burden to celebrate the one who came to take our burdens really got me! Much of this season is self-induced stress. At least 50 percent of what I planned did NOT get done this year. I did the most minimal outside decor ever. We have a fake tree up with lights, but no ornaments. I waited for my daughter to come home, and we've been too busy with family dinners and things to do ornaments and sip hot chocolate like I imagined. I don't mind it - just lights appeals to me. I think I just wonder if someone else will be disappointed in what I don't do...and I'm probably way off base. I think we have to be really intentional about how we spend our time, resources, etc. during Christmas even more than the rest of the year. It's so easy to get sucked into all the trappings...and feel guilty for not doing everything and doing it beautifully. I know this would not please the one for whom we celebrate the season! I wish you a merry, lovely Christmas and a blessed new year! said...

Awh, well I'm wishing you a very merry Christmas! I've been blessed with lots of people wishing me a merry Christmas ~ maybe it's a regional thing?

camp and cottage living said...

Merry Christmas Pat!
I'm afraid I don't have much Christmas cheer myself this year.
I'm trying to concentrate on Jesus birth and forget about all of the rest.

Audrey said...

Amen to what you are saying.
Merry Christmas.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

My Repurposed Life said...

What a great reminder Patricia! I've done some of those things lately and they sure do make me feel warm and fuzzy all over!
Hoping your holiday was filled with love and kindness from family and friends. Wishing you all the best in the new year!