Merry Christmas everyone!
I’m having a bit of a sad day today. I spent part of today attending the wake of my friend Christen’s son Jeffrey. He died last week quite suddenly. Seeing all his friends and family suffering the grief of his death really made me think about the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas is about family, both the family you’re born with and the family you choose. Jesus’s birth was an incredibly precious gift. God chose to become one of us and to make US his family. He believes that we’re worth His time and effort and I think this time of year is a perfect opportunity to spend time reconnecting with the people who are most important to us.
My parents have come to visit and spend time with me, Russ and our kids. Wait… Who am I kidding? They came to see their grandsons. Seeing me and Russ is definitely a secondary benefit, LOL! However, because they live so far away we enjoy every wonderful opportunity to spend time with Nana and Pa. We’ve already been reminiscing about Christmas memories from my childhood!
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about gifts this year. Our best gifts, the ones we’re anxiously anticipating giving, are actually not physical gifts at all. Each of our boys is going to get a gift certificate for one entire day spent with each of us, one with Mom and one with Dad, doing whatever they want to do. They are going to be so excited! A whole day of no phone calls or nursing home visits, with our undivided attention. Can’t wait! I think I’m more excited about it than the boys will be!
As much as we are looking forward to seeing the smiles and excitement, we can’t help but think of the people we’ll be missing this year. We’ll have to be content with Facetime to see my sister and her family in Charleston. I miss my nieces! Anna and Maggie are so big! We had so much fun visiting when we saw them in August, I really wish we were going to spend time with them this year. (It would be nice to see my sister and her hubby too.)
My boys and the rest of the family are watching the Wizard of Oz right now, so I’m going to keep it short and go watch with them. One of my favorite parts is coming up 🙂
Please remember to focus on the truly important part of this season: spending time with and creating memories with the people you love. Especially if you have children, next year’s Christmas will see them grown a little bigger, maybe a little less excited about all the magic of Christmas. Enjoy it while it lasts! Don’t stress so much about the house being messy, the dinner being late, or the tree or presents not being perfect. Five years from now, your family probably won’t remember what present they got. But they WILL remember how they felt when spending time as a family during this special season.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours 🙂 Love you all! XXOOXX