I LOVE Christmas. I mean, like really, really love. Like mail out my Christmas cards the day after Thanksgiving, love. Like my decorations MUST be up before the end of November, love.
But, I also recognize the emotional nature of this season. I mean, by it’s very virtue the “holiday season” is meant to elicit images of extra activities, service projects, alternative (or even just regular) gifting, worship services, family obligations, remembrances of loved ones gone and experiencing illness…ah, the list goes on.
As an Atlanta mom, I feel blessed that weather is generally not an impediment to my task list. I also find the distance between us and our families of origin, who live in Pennsylvania, a bit of a relief, in that all of that “over the river and through the woods” talk can be the stuff of Christmas Carols instead of my Christmas reality. And, I would be lying if I didn’t mention the exhale that not being in the midst of the family drama, every family, no matter how functional, inevitably encounters at one time or another, allows us.
But, no matter what the reason or the season, life is way, way too short to let a busy pace, the worries of yesterday, or the anxieties of tomorrow take up the happiness of today. Whether you are anticipating Hanukah, in the first few days of Advent, or simply appreciating the season, I wish you moments of peace, joy, and contentment in just being.
Bless your heart ;-),