(insert my name) doesn't feel like we've been running against the clock, hurtling towards Christmas this year, but rather it feels like we've been meandering slowly, and all of a sudden realized that Christmas is here already. Must be the lack of snow thus far.That's how it feels, anyway. We finally have snow today, though still not quite enough to cover the grass fully. But it's better than none, which we've pretty much had so far. Funny how something like a sparkling white blanket over everything changes ones perception of the season. I cannot imagine living where there is never snow. No chance for a white Christmas ever. But I digress...
Il feel like Christmas has snuck up on us somehow this year. Usually I feel rushed, but this year it still feels like I have all the time in the world. I don't, but it does not feel like Christmas is only days away. I also don't feel stressed by that. The turkey is thawing, the cranberry sauce made; I'm looking up recipes for candy cane ice cream for dessert, and debating crispy roasted potatoes (which the kids will eat) versus the mashed variety (which the kids won't eat). It all feels quite laid back.
We've given more this year, having found a way to help a child in a developing country through Ten Thousand Villages. And we've donated food to the local food bank, including some jars of a peanut butter alternative for families who can't afford it, but have a child with a nut allergy. I don't say this to toot my own horn, but rather to hopefully inspire others. Helping and giving don't have to be difficult. The donation was made online and the food was given during a food drive. We only had to shop and drive by the drop off location. Neither took us out of our way. But both actions will have an impact on someone. And that is what matters.
Maybe that's part of what's been so relaxing about this season - knowing that we're doing alright and have been able to help others as well. A lot of people can't say the same. Especially about being alright. No clue what the new year will bring, but for now we are okay. The recession didn't really hit hubby's work, the kids are well, we have a roof over our heads and family and friends who love us. Our marriage is strong and God is still in control.
With that, I bid you all a Merry Christmas. If I may quote from our Christmas card this year...
May the closeness of friends,
the comfort of home,
and the peace of God
renew your spirits this holiday season.
And His name shall be the hope of all the world. Matthew 12:21