I’ve noticed several of my friends this week have commented about being unusually stressed. Holiday shopping, crazy working hours, junk food all around (temptation is a beouch), not to mention holiday parties and celebrations to attend.
My only comment is “I hear ya and I’m right there with ya!”.
That being said, today I was reminded to remember the reason for the season. It’s not for all the stuff up there in that first sentence.
It’s for remembering our Savior’s birth and it’s for being with those you love and care about. Sharing time with them is more important than this gift you put under their tree. If it’s not, get yourself some new friends but your family, you’re pretty much stuck with them.
Christmas Day is brunch at my home. My grown boys come and gather around the table with their respective others and we dig in to the totally unhealthy and wonderfully southern foods that we were all raised on. No diet foods, no special effort to keep it clean. Just a simple homemade from scratch table full of goodness and gratefulness abounds for one beautiful meal.
Some would say “You are just crazy for doing that!” but I say “It’s the one day of the year when all of my offspring are in the same place, at the same time, enjoying the same tradition we have for years.” I’m good with that.
Remember there is nothing that money can buy you this year that is more important than those surrounding you, YES, even kooky Aunt Olive. Aunt Olive is a blog for another day.
May you all slow down these next few days and enjoy the hustle and bustle with a cup of coffee or tea, take in the moment and the people and give a hat tip of gratitude for where you are in this life.