Peace On Earth

It’s three days to Christmas!  I’m always like a little kid at Christmas, I love the tree and the lights and the food and the presents.  Russ (my hubby) will tell you I can’t wait to open Christmas presents but that’s not true.  I CAN wait, I just don’t LIKE to wait 🙂  I do however LOVE surprises, both big and small.  I know the boys shopped for me at Santa’s Workshop at school and I can’t wait to see what they picked for me!

I am so looking forward to church tomorrow morning and then at 10 PM on Monday (Christmas Eve).  It seems strange now as an adult to look back on my childhood and remember how hard my sister and I fought to get out of going to church on Sunday.  A whole hour wasted out of precious weekend daylight, spent sitting listening (or not) to bible readings and sermons that never seemed to apply to a child’s point of view, and occasionally hearing our father whisper “Do I have to take you outside?”  Instant angel, just add seven words 😉

Nowadays I LOVE going to Mass.  A whole hour of peace.  No phone calls (unless I’m on call), no laundry or cleaning or work.  Singing beautiful music that I’ve loved since I was a child.  Chris (my ten-year-old) recently asked me if there were any church songs I DON’T like because apparently my consistent comment when a song begins is “Oh, I LOVE this song!”

Peace is in short supply these days.  The frantic scurry from work to home to activities creates a pace that isn’t conducive to reflection, meditation, contemplation.  We fall into bed at night exhausted both physically and mentally, only to wake up and start over again.  Our weekends are short and also crammed with grocery shopping and other activities that are hard to get done during the week.  Even our vacations are highly scheduled.  Who just goes to the beach to veg out anymore?

This holiday I hope you’re able to stop running around and just spend time relaxing with the people who mean the most to you.  You deserve a few days (or even just a few hours) of rest to create some lasting memories with your parents, your children, your closest friends.  Finding some stillness and peace would be an awesome gift to give yourself, one that money can’t buy!

I wish you a wonderful, peaceful and memorable Christmas!

PS – Enjoy the peace and quiet while it lasts, because I have a feeling 2013 is going to be quite a year!

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