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in the drawing for our Christmas Brunch Presents!)
We’ll pause just a moment in the midst of our Christmas Brunch to offer a little bit of holiday encouragement. Can I get anyone a cup of hot cocoa while we visit?
Silent night…Holy night…All is calm…wait, really? Where? When? All I’ve witnessed lately is loud evenings that are anything but calm. There are holiday parties to attend, Christmas programs to prepare for, presents to buy, presents to wrap, presents to send, goodies to bake, cookies to decorate, and somewhere in there I’m also supposed to keep up with my laundry.
There are Christmas songs playing all around us everywhere we go. I’m pretty sure they’re supposed to be offering us tidings of comfort and joy, but sometimes I believe that the joy gets lost somewhere in between trying to figure out what to buy for Great Uncle Gilbert and looking frantically for my son’s left black dress shoe for his music recital. Incidentally, Uncle Gilbert already has everything he needs plus everything he doesn’t need, including Big Mouth Billy Bass the Motion Activated Singing Sensation. And by the way, why must I always have to be the one to draw Uncle Gilbert’s name in our family gift exchange?
My husband had a sad little chuckle one day as he stood in a long line waiting to return an item at the store. Many of the other shoppers in line looked weary and haggard, some of them were grumbling about the length of the line and the time it was taking to be helped and in general, no one seemed happy. The music heard through the speakers was what caused my husband to pause as, “It’s the most…wonderful time…of the year!” was being sung out cheerfully in the background. Wow, if this is what we tend to look like during the “most wonderful time of the year” I’d hate to see us all during the most terrible time of the year (which is what, say…flu season?).
I’m not sure it matters how much we plan ahead and try to stay organized during the holidays. This is just a busy time and there’s not much any of us can do about it.
This is the part of the article where I’m supposed to smile and kindly say, “So let’s all just take a moment to meditate on the birth of our Savior and the reason we celebrate Christmas.” I’m not going to say that though. If I did, I’d be afraid you’d give me a justifiable bonk on the head with a roll of wrapping paper. Don’t tell me to remember the reason for the season! I’m TRYING to remember…I just can’t find the black dress shoe! WHERE is the black dress shoe?!
While we all look for the perfect gifts (and the long lost black dress shoe), I pray that we also find those tidings of comfort and joy that have been offered. I hear they’re great this time of year.
P.S. I don’t really have a Great Uncle Gilbert but if I did, I would never complain about having to buy him a gift. I think.
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