"Let your heart be light..."
Isnt' that such a nice sentiment. Christmas is full of so much prep and hustle to have everything "just right", I think the festivity has come out of it for some. I asked an acquaintance yesterday if they were ready for Christmas, and her reply was "I'm SO over Christmas...". Wasn't exactly the answer I had been looking for, but I understand it I guess.
I'm SO not over Christmas, I'm SO looking forward to it. My cooking is done -- outside of course actually cooking the tenderloin and the goose; but my sides that need cooking are all par-cooked...the soup's been made...I've even already got my table set, complete with candles placed. That way tomorrow I can just enjoy the excitement of the gifts with the kids, and not have to worry about having everything done in time. This girl is prepared. And it hasn't always been that way in previous years -- I've been getting things ready just as people were walking through the door, but that hasn't stifled my excitement any.
One of my favorite stories when I was a child, was a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. To those who are feeling overwhelmed with the pressure of having "everything just right" and "buying the right gifts" and "cooking the right food" -- take a moment to remember that story. There is always someone else who would be so thankful for that effort, those gifts, and that dinner -- because there may not be someone around to do it for them, or they may be unable to do it themselves. Remember your elderly neighbors who might be alone...or the family down the street who just might have hit tough times this year. That is what Christmas is all about.
Have a lovely Christmas Day....and a joyous holiday season, no matter who you are -- or what holiday you celebrate, or what God you embrace as your own.
"God bless us every one!" said Tiny Tim, the last of all.