Christmas Time Again

Its here again! How did it get here so quickly? It is exciting despite my constant pain, fatigue, and lately, almost continual nausea. However, this is not about me. It is time to celebrate the birth of our Savior in a manger…in a stable. He was anointed by God and surrounded by His earthly family. Gifts were brought in celebration of His birth.

That night so long ago is the inspiration for my family’s annual gathering. We, of course, share a meal first. When the last bite is taken, we congregate to read about the birth of the Savior from The Bible (Luke), then a prayer of thanks for His coming followed by the giving of gifts.

I remember my little brother Alan used to get so excited at Christmas. It was his favorite time of the year. Each year, since he was little he would put on the Santa hat to hand out all of the presents. Sadly, this will be our third Christmas without him since he went home to be with the Lord.  I choose to believe that God gave Alan a trip for Christmas that year. He took it on February 10th of 2009 and I believe it was the best trip he ever took.

Although I desperately miss him (not just at Christmas), I believe he now celebrates with the Son, and that knowledge is the best gift I have ever received. Yes, it is Christmas time again. It is still exciting (I have a grandson & a granddaughter on the way).  It is nice to see Christmas through the eyes of a child again, just like when my boys were young…just like Alan.

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Christmas Music

Every year I look forward to the holidays. I get to spend more time with family because, even though I am no longer busy multi-tasking, they are still very busy. Last year I was in such a terrible physical condition I barely knew that the holidays existed, so this year I am very grateful to feel better and be more aware. A very big part of my holiday experience is the music that brings the season alive.

Having a small fixed income has robbed me of the joy of gift giving almost making me feel separate and apart from Christmas this year. Therefore, I have not as yet tuned in to the stations playing Christmas music nor have I played any Christmas CD’s…until today.

This week I have slowly come to remember that Christmas is about so much more than gift giving or receiving. It is about love. It is about celebrating the most precious gift of all. I understand that my family considers my gift to be my presence for another Christmas. Their gifts to me are presence, love, support and faith. This understanding brings the spirit of Christmas back to me. Therefore, today I begin to blast the Christmas music again.

“Do you see what I see?”