What a wonderful time of the year! The crisp air, the delicious treats, family traveling far and wide to spend quality time together. Let’s not forget, Uncle Frank’s traditional, “carve the turkey” ceremony! Now, I don’t have an uncle named Frank and I’ve never experienced a turkey ceremony, but something tells me that you may have. All of the children making their wish lists for Santa and dreaming of the night they can bake those warm; sweet and sometimes overcooked sugar cookies. Ah, the magic!
Let’s talk lights, trees and cozy blankets. Personally, I’m a fan of the fake trees. Call me untraditional and part of the crazy people that don’t want their dog to lift a leg, but that is exactly why I enjoy the plastic. Not to mention, now a days they have “pre-lit” trees!! I don’t understand how Christmas lights can go into a box so perfectly bound and tight, to be unraveled and end up in knots where you have to re-purchase them every year. It may sound like I’m being negative, but truly… who really wants to go through that hassle? Not this girl! (or her family)
How about those blankets and scarfs? Yes, by the bundles! Have you seen the Hallmark channel?! They always have the most beautiful arrangements and everyone in the movies has these perfect coats with these super cozy scarves and they always manage to wrap themselves up in these soft; thick blankets in front of a burning fireplace. They really know how to get us in the spirit of Christmas!
Kids! Put that down or no presents from Santa!
How many of us can say that we have tried this every December? For some reason, it’s the only time of year that we can’t threaten to take away their iPad or phones because they feel that they will be gifted with something of equal value under the tree. I figure that I could enlighten some of those that may have infants this year, or possibly expecting and looking forward to the day that their little ones will be able to open up their first gift. Now that experience is really one for the books! Enjoy those days, for when the toddlers become teens… if I’m being honest, its not as fun. The gifts become overly expensive and some kids now a days just don’t deserve anything but a good meal and early bedtime. Most days, mine included.
No, you come see me!
Raise your hand if you have this argument EVERY YEAR with your family members! As of this week, I have asked my little brother and his family to visit us for Thanksgiving. We live 3 hours a part and to be honest, his car has better gas mileage. (I do happen to love the drive to his house though.)
I’d love to discuss the feelings of deciding when to go see family, or when they need to come see you. Of course, it’s mostly circumstantial- finances, drive or fly times, physical or mental attributes, but there are also other things that come into play like previous fights in the year, custom traditional values and the idea that everyone feels more important than anyone else in the family.
Again, I don’t want to make this a negative post, but I feel it should be addressed in some way. Maybe I can help you understand why it’s important to make the sacrifices to see those irritating family members that happen to never leave their house for any festivities, let alone the biggest day of the year.
Mark and I have always had to travel to be with our family members. We made a pact this year that if anyone would like to see us, then they should come to be with us in Texas. For one, the climate seems to be a little warmer and two, we have a big family of our own to travel with. So, it makes more sense for our families who have a little less baggage to come to us. As for my little brother, he has the same size family but for us to visit him and his wife and children, we would need a hotel for 3 days and we drive a truck that gets 13 miles to the gallon. And for him he just needs $25 in gas and time off of work.
Balance is key though. There shouldn’t be a scale as to how many times you would like to see your family. It shouldn’t be “counted” on your hands as to the number of visits you’ve made per year to see a certain someone that is on your mind. That’s why there is a phone or a letter you can use to start a conversation. If you try to wait on other people, you may be disappointed…but it doesn’t mean that those members of the family that you adore mean any less to you in your heart. Love is the gift that keeps on giving, ALL year round.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year!
This has proven to be 100% true. Not everyone shares the same view and that’s perfectly fine. Often times people find it difficult for many reasons that I won’t get into discussing because this isn’t meant to bring you down, its meant to help you realize why this day is so special as a whole. December 25th is and always will be a remarkable and most reflected day of all time to the human race. Jesus’ birthday! By his birth and triumph through his life span, he has been able to place peace, love and kindness inside of all of us. Yes, he is THE man that has been put through the worst pain possible but he walks among us and shows us just how much we mean to him by allowing us to celebrate his birthday here on earth with our loved ones and strangers alike.
Some feel that Christmas itself is just a way to market and gain more income. Some believe that it’s about the gifts we can give to others and some truly just feel its just another day on the calendar. All of the glitz and glamour that society has painted for our children on this holy day, has given them reason to believe that it’s all about how big the gift will be under the tree. Or how about that crazy elf that sits everywhere in your house to monitor your children’s behavior. (Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fun idea to play small pranks and have a good laugh- but its not what Christmas is about)
Our family, while blended – still have the conversations about the magic that the day brings. The reason and the life behind not only our own lives, but giving the glory to our creator. Without Jesus, without God, without the Holy Spirit- we are nothing! Having our Heavenly Father by our side every day, giving us breathe every morning and creating lessons in our lives to understand and recognize that we are human, is the reason of Christmas! Let’s honor these months to come – lets celebrate our one true King, Jesus!!!