Little Alisha wanted to know how old I was, so instead of asking directly, she crawled up on my lap on the swing and asked me, “Aunty Beth, how many Christmases have you had?” When I told her, she thought about that for awhile, then asked, “Well, how many do you get?”
Out of the mouths of babes…
If we think of our age or the future in terms of years, it seems a long time. Taking an event that happens once a
year, however, changes the dynamic.
Many years ago I was struggling with some personal issues and didn’t feel like decorating the house for the holidays. It seemed to be such a waste of time and energy. You decorate only to undecorate a few weeks later. For what?
Then a friend who was a chef at a local restaurant was stabbed to death by one of his workers. I thought about his family and the families of all the people who had lost someone during the year. I wondered if they would have done Christmas differently last year had they known it was their last one together.
I summoned up all my holiday spirit and decorated the entire house. We never know when it is our last one. Funny, decorating the house lifted me out of my funk and gave me quiet pleasure every night when I turned off all but the Christmas tree lights and the little light behind the manger scene.
If you slept in a warm, dry bed last night, you are blessed. If you had food in your cupboard this morning, you are blessed. If you have at least one person who loves you and misses you if you aren’t together, you are blessed.
Celebrate the little things. They are the building blocks of your life. Remember those who went on ahead of us, but don’t pine for the past or worry about the future. We have these holiday breaks in our lives to Remember Who We Are, and to celebrate the light that surrounds us.
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