December 21 and just three more days until Christmas Eve is here again. The lights and decorations are up, the presents are bought and wrapped, the baking is done and the cards have been mailed.
Now it is the time to “remember the reason for the season” and why we celebrate this beautiful holiday and work so hard to make it a “special” holiday each year.
We celebrate the birth of Christ – one of our most important religious holidays – by trying to emulate what he did in his wonderful, unselfish, too short life: giving to others.
So celebrate with your loved ones, but take a little time to remember those whose Christmas won’t be as merry this year, those who can’t be home, those who aren’t with us anymore and those who don’t even have a home.
This year more than any other I can remember, many people are sharing their time, money and help with those less fortunate and “paying it forward.” They are the special ones who deserve extra blessings this holiday season.
We may not always know it, or deserve it, but I know we are certainly blessed.
Wednesday Lisa emailed a beautiful Christmas greeting to her Dad and I. I don’t know where she found it or who the original author is, but it is a perfect way to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and I just have to pass it along.
I wish you a day of ordinary miracles:
*a fresh pot of coffee that you didn’t have to make yourself.
*an unexpected phone call from an old friend.
*green stoplights on your way to work or when you go shopping.
I wish you a day of little things to rejoice in:
*the fastest line at the grocery store.
*a good sing along song on the radio.
*your keys right where you look for them.
I wish you a day of happiness and perfection – little bite sizes pieces of perfection that give you the wonderful feeling that the lord is smiling on you – holding you so gently because you are something special and rare.
I wish you peace, happiness and joy.
And I have to add, I wish each of you a wonderful day filled with good food, family and friends, wishes granted and good times together.
Lately we are told we should express our seasonal wishes by saying “happy holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas.”
To that I say “Bah Humbug!” Don’t pay any attention. Respect others’ religious holidays, but expect others to do the same for us.
Please leave Christ in our “Christmas.”
Politically correct or not, as Christians we have the same rights as everyone else to celebrate our religious holidays when they roll around, so here is my greeting:
Have a Merry, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!