A Christmas Blessing

Here in Colorado, we’re in the midst of a true winter storm. It’s been snowing for hours and while it’s a pain for those who need to get out and go places, it’s also stunningly beautiful. I spent last night on the sofa watching the snow fall and listening to a boys’ choir sing some of my favorite Christmas classics. I managed not to cry during O Holy Night, which was a feat for me because I love that song. I’ve sung it on Christmas Eve in church many times and it always breaks my heart just a little to hear it. They followed that up with Still, Still, Still, which is another of my favorites.

So while I was entering into the holidays with more than a little trepidation, I think I’ve found my Christmas spirit and I wanted to share it with you. You see, for me Christmas has always been a religious holiday, a season in which we celebrate the real miracle of Christmas, which didn’t happen on 34th Street but instead happened in Bethlehem when God became Man and came to live among us. It’s not about the presents and the Black Friday shopping. It’s about faith and family and bringing good things to the world.

This Christmas season , I wish for all people:

* Hope and healing for those who have troubles

* Safety and security for those in danger

* Food and warmth for those without

* Courage for those who face difficult situations

* Gratitude for those who are struggling to find the good in their lives

* Peace for those who struggle with the season and past disappointments

* Blessings and love

Amidst the frustration, worry and fear this season can sometimes bring, I hope you find time to soak in the peace, listen to a choir sing your favorite hymns, and delight in the fact that we use this time of year as an excuse to see people we rarely get to see. Surround them with love, whether they are family or friends, and know that I’m wishing you the same.

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2 thoughts on “A Christmas Blessing

  1. hockeyirene says:

    Thank you, Mardee.

    I appreciate this post a lot, since I do have a difficult time with the season because I am not Christian (by choice, not upbringing!) (but full of faith, I admit) and I h-a-t-e the obligatory gift-giving associated with it. I like to find the Perfect Gift for someone and then give it to him/her because I want them to have it NOW!

    As an excuse to visit with family and friends is what it has been for me, and I agree with you – your wishes are my wishes also.

    And so I thank you for this post. I appreciated your gratitude musings so much – thanks for those, too!

    In Peace,

    Irene X O

    • Mardee says:

      I too hate the gift-giving and commercialism of the season – in my mind, that’s the secular version of Christmas and really misses the point. This is where I think I did well as a parent because my kids were never greedy or obsessed with gifts. We enjoyed finding gifts for each other but it was never the focus of the season. The food, the music and the gathering with friends and family were always much more important (and still are, especially as I get older).

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