As Christmas is around the corner, I wanted to share a few thoughts on how we might spread the joy of Christmas. It’s important to remember the little things really do matter; after all, they are the ones that are most often treasured. Christmas is always about the heart and never about the tree:
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows (New International Version, James 1:17).
Make the best of your given situation:
I recall one particular Christmas when my daughter, I think she was 5 at the time, was horribly sick. We were not able to attend our traditional Christmas Eve service, nor did we share in our traditional Christmas Eve dinner. Instead, my oldest son, 11 at the time, decided he would sleep in my daughter’s room that night–just in case sister needed anything. So we made a pallet bed on the floor and decided to settle in with a reading of The Christmas Story. I could tell my little girl did her best, trying to be cheerful during the story, and my son was so attentive towards his sister. (It was so very sweet, one of my fondest memories of these two.) Once we finished our reading, my son ran to the kitchen for carrots and a plate. Upon his return, he expressed sister should have the honors of preparing carrots on a plate for Santa’s reindeer. At such a young age, my son knew to make the best of our given situation.
Be kind to each other:
I know many people will disagree with my actions, and I, too, once felt the same way: the homeless are an eye sore so look past them. I am from a smaller town, one that does not have any homeless that I recall. When I first encountered a homeless person, of course, I wanted to give them something, but I was “schooled” so to speak and warned they will just keep coming back. Arizona has a lot of homeless, and I do give from time to time…sometimes I have even gotten shrugs when it’s food! But that’s okay. I try looking my fellow human beings in the eye, and I hope I let them know they are not alone.
One gentleman asked me, “Can I please clean your windows for a dollar?”
My response, “No, please don’t. If you need a dollar please just accept it.”
For I am no better than that man.
Be neighborly and spread the joy of Christmas:
My backyard boasts lemon and lime trees, and for the past few Christmases I have passed along to neighbors on Christmas Eve. I have always told one of my neighbors, just pick what you want whenever you need, we have so many. The other day, I arrived home to a lemon cream cheese pie sitting on my counter.
My husband said, “Oh “B” brought it by, she wanted to report she’s been stealing our lemons.”
To be honest, we’ve been purposely hanging branches over her side of the fence. 🙂 The moral to the story? Oh, you know this one: “Life’s lemons are sometimes little blessings, you just have to wait for the pie.”
Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!