A Christmas past

It’s hard to believe it is the 1st of December already! I used to hear adults talk about how fast time flies when I was a child. I thought they were delusional. Not any more. Age really does make time seem to speed up, or perhaps we just have more to do and more to think about as we get older. At any rate, time has made its circuit of months once again and here we are merely weeks from the big day. At least, in most households in the western world, Christmas is a huge deal. Many people have already dragged out the decorations and trimmed the tree. Not me. I may get into that next weekend. I haven’t decided yet. I do love Christmas. People generally seem more inclined to think of others and become more compassionate at this time of year. Despite my aversion to black Friday commerce, and the unending advertising hocking every possible thing we can think of, Christmas is still sacred and special to me.

Christmas unleashes my creativity and I usually am busy with making home-made gifts or baking goodies to share with family and friends. But more than all the hoopla, I enjoy the spirituality of Christmas. The whole idea of sharing our blessings and being cognizant of the trials and tribulations of others strikes right at the heart of what Christmas can and should be resonates deeply with me. I find myself wandering often through past years and enjoying fond memories of years long gone, but which influence how I celebrate this joyful and spiritual time of year. I feel so splendidly and generously blessed in my home, in my family, in my country, and in the world at large. My heart is both full and lightened. I pray yours is as well. May your preparations bring you more joy than stress. May you have many people to bless and cheer you. And may the days leading up to Christmas day find you with peace in your heart and a smile upon your face.

13 thoughts on “Christmas preparations

    1. Thanks so much Lee. As you are well aware my hubby has been battling many health issues. Unfortunately we recently received news that he has to go back on dialysis. We had hoped to have a long reprieve from it/ But it is what it is and I am trying to be grateful there is such a thing, many have died in past decades because dialysis did not exist back then.

      I hope all is well with you and yours. Wishing you many blessings and a very joyful holiday season.

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      1. Yes, sometimes it is difficult, but having had a bit of time to come to grips with it, I am doing okay. We knew this day was coming. His kidneys were on the borderline for months, so here it is. As I said, we have to be grateful there is such a thing as dialysis – it will keep him alive and tormenting me for some time yet to come. You know, it is only through such adversity that we come to recognize the plethora of blessings we enjoy, and often ignore. Little things mean a lot and I am discovering so very many of them – such as your kind words here.

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  1. My heart goes out to you Carol. You and your husband are in my prayers. I am blown away that, in spite of all that is happening, you bring a smile to my face with your sense of humour (” As I said, we have to be grateful there is such a thing as dialysis – it will keep him alive and tormenting me for some time yet to come. “). I also very much appreciate your reference to the spiritual at this time of year. For me also, that side of Christmas is important. You know, another smile just came to my face…a memory from my childhood. Of what? Of my sister and I arranging and rearranging the stable scene that was always a part of our Christmas growing up…such a fond memory. I also just remembered how, as a child, going to church was an important part of Christmas for our family. Looking back in time, I am so glad of that. ❤ ❤

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    1. Thanks so much hon. A sense of humour gets us through much adversity and I am grateful to the Creator for gifting me with a way to laugh, even when life seems hard.

      I hope your enjoy so many blessings as Christmas approaches and throughout the holidays. I am grateful for the gifts you bring and the much appreciated support you give so generously. God bless you.

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