Yes, folks. We’ve hit the download limit again. Ah, well. Such seems to be our lot concerning online time. I wanted to get another blog post in before the lockdown begins.
Does anyone else have last minute Christmas shopping to do? There was a time when I was ready for Christmas…completely…by October. I miss those days very much. Not only was it a relief to be able to take my time while shopping, it was also easier on our budget. Sadly, I had nothing but stocking stuffers by October of this year. So all the major purchases had to be done in November and December. Talk about a budget drain! But I think it will be a special Christmas, even with all the stress and strain. We’ll be able to spend this one with my husband’s family. We haven’t had a Christmas with them in several years. We’re really looking forward to it!
Speaking of Christmas, what does it mean to you? Is it just a time for laughs and friends and presents and a feast? Or does it mean more to you? To me, Christmas is a time to remember and reflect. It’s also a time to bring family together. Christmas reminds me that there are many more people less fortunate than I am. It reminds me I need to be giving and helpful throughout the year and not just for one month of each year. I’m going to enjoy this Christmas and revel in the magic and wonder and history and splendor. Here’s my top 10 for this post…what I love about Christmas, what I’m thankful for at Christmas.
1. People are more giving and forgiving…in general, unless you’re in their way on Black Friday.
2. Christmas lights-So much fun and so pretty!
3. Obscure Christmas songs-They are a riot b/c they make people give you the quizzical puppy dog look.
4. Trimming the tree-Fun when I do it alone. Interesting when I do it with my kids. But the satisfaction when it’s done is always the same. 🙂
5. Old Christmas cartoons-I love the stop motion cartoons. Can’t help it. The magic just carries over and still makes me feel secure. Gives me warm fuzzies, too.
6. Public Servants-Everyone wants a little peace. Everyone needs a break. Well, most people get one for Christmas. Sometimes we that get a break at Christmas need to remember those who don’t, who still go to their jobs so that we can be safe while celebrating during the holiday.
7. Giving gifts-Giving a gift is so much more fun than getting one. I love watching a person’s face light up while they open it! I love seeing the enjoyment when they like what they’ve received.
8. Wrapping presents-I love wrapping presents. It’s a time of peace and quiet and I can get really creative with each package. Well, I can get as creative as time will allow, anyway. 🙂
9. Homemade gifts-Homemade and handmade items are usually a plus. However, if you don’t know the person’s favorite color, or what they are able to consume, get a gift card. It’s not special if you made a chartreuse scarf and the person just can’t wear that color at all. 😦 Having said that, I’m working on scarves right now…and praying the recipients will love them…
10. Stories-I love reading certain Christmas stories with my kids. We have two that are somewhat traditional. The first is ‘The Cajun Night Before Christmas’ by “Trosclair”. (Please take note that none of the other versions can compare to this ORIGINAL.) The second one is ‘The Tail of the Three Trees’ a folktale as retold by Angela Elwell Hunt. We recently added another possibility to our reading list. Brian Jacques wrote a book called “A Redwall Winter’s Tale” that I just love.
Well, that concludes my wordiness for this post. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you enjoy the holiday season. Remember that the most important thing is that you hug those you love. Most people, even children…maybe mostly children, don’t really care how many gifts they get. They’d much rather know they are loved and that someone cares about them. Time spent together is so very special! I know there are many more people struggling this year than there were last year. I know times are tough. Just remember you are not alone. Happy Christmas wishes to all! And for those that don’t celebrate ‘Christmas’, then I hope you have a very festive holiday season, whatever tradition you follow. 🙂