- We tend to be in a hurry and buy way too much food.
- We spend hours picking out cards that we do not have time to address. Ever wonder why they do not sell cards that say, "Hope your Christmas WAS wonderful and your New Year WILL be great"? We could address them, add a personal message, and do all this the week between Christmas and New Year's and not have to wait in line to buy the stamps and mail them.
- Sometimes gift giving seems to be a redundant riddle where we hurry to buy presents when we have no idea what to buy, yet we know others are buying presents for us and we still do not know what to buy them.
Why do all the Christmas tags say "To and From", which has always seemed impersonal, instead of "For and Love"?
Did someone make a rule that you had to have your house decorated for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving? - and just why do all the lights have to be up so we can turn them on every night a month in advance?
Where is the rule when the lights have to be taken down? It is not July, is it?
Can we give all of our 25 family members the same present this year?
The kids get to draw names every year. Why aren't the grandparents allowed in that drawing?
In reality, the traditions and true meaning of Christmas should be more important than buying or receiving gifts. Christmas Eve for us is a time for candle-light service at church and the singing of Christmas carols. Our Christmas day brunch has always been country ham, oyster stew, Christmas coffee cake and fried apples and we snack the rest of the day on food that was prepared in advance - turkey or ham sandwiches, dressing, pie, and salads. No one, especially me, is stressed with having to cook. In doing so, we have given ourselves the gift of time to enjoy the company of others who may visit with us.
Update on the Knitting... just in case you were wondering...
I am very pleased with my progress and ability to dicipher the instructions. I am approaching the "heel flap" with optimism and setting aside some quiet time.
This looks like a lot of fun.
I love this yarn - "Imagination" and it has the colors "built in" so as you knit they become stripes. That just makes me so happy.
Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. ~Author Unknown
Blessings along your journey from JudyC