My favorite part of Christmas is the lights…I love getting up early and sitting by the tree in the quiet of the morning. Along with baking, I’ve read several books and watched all the new Christmas movies. I also enjoy our town all dressed up for Christmas with lights down the main street and the towering tree that I drive by every chance I get.
A crackling fire on a cold night reminds me how lucky I am to have a home. It’s a time to remember others and be of service to those who need a helping hand. I find I get the most joy from doing something for others, especially those who are alone. Things I deem problems disappear when I learn about the real struggles some live with on a daily basis. It’s fun to be a Secret Santa and help spread a bit of joy to those who need it most.
As the years go by (a less harsh way of saying as I get older), I don’t really want anything for Christmas—not even a Hippopotamus! I don’t need more stuff. I value family, health, and happiness much more than any material objects. I’m grateful to live in a wonderful community and have all that I need. Gifts are always fun, but I enjoy the “feeling” of Christmas—the sights, sounds, and the smells— more than anything that could be wrapped.
Christmas brings the delights of the season, but also the memories of those no longer here to share in the festivities. I have vivid recollections of many Christmas Eve celebrations with grandparents and great-grandparents gathered at our house. It’s difficult to celebrate now without missing family and friends who are gone.
So, Christmas is a mixed bag…the festive fun of the present season, the sense of loss of the past, and the hope for the future as 2017 approaches. It’s truly a wonderful time of year and I hope you get to spend it with those you hold most dear. If you find yourself alone, I recommend getting lost in a good book or seeking out someone who needs your help.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and only the best in 2017.