I decided not to celebrate Christmas this year. Not because I'm going on a cruise, and not even because I'm pagan and it feels a little hypocritical (which I am, but it's not). No, it was just because I decided to feel sorry for myself this year. My kids are so spread out around the country, and this year I'll only be seeing the one who lives closest. So I decided, bah humbug! No tree, no lights. Leave the boxes in the attic. Besides, I'm sick of the commercialism. I saw a money giving card at the store. It had a picture of a dollar on the front, with Santa's picture where the president should go, and I thought that card really said it all.
But then my daughter and grandaughter came over today and we baked cookies and pecan tassies and all of our traditional Christmas goodies. We watched Home Alone together, ate turkey (belated Thanksgiving - that's a story for another day) and my Grandaughter said "I love watching Christmas movies at our house. We have the tree up and it's so cozy." Just those words reminded me of the real reason I drag out the tree every year and all the trappings. Christmas is a feeling of comfort and happiness, not a card at the store. This is a time to think of all those we love, whether they live across the world or across town. And Christmas is a state of mind - a generous, loving heart that we are free to show in so many ways, especially this time of year.
So while you will never see me playing tug -of- war over the latest "must have" toy of the minute, we will set up our tree, hang our lights, and invite those we love to join us in celebrating humanity. And at a time when so many people are struggling, we will count our many blessings and remember all the things that are right in the world.
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Merry Yule!
May you all have a blessed holiday season!
Sharron - AKA Julianna Sage
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