A Time to reflect about who we are!
(Yes, I have been called Grinch, but what they don’t know is I do what I do not for others to see.) There are others that you can think about too who simply do good things because good things are what we do.
I will admit I am not a Christmas person, the thought of trying to find a parking place, waiting in long lines, and dealing with rude people is nothing to get excited about. They have taken this Religious Holiday, and turned it into a money fest.
So, I fake it! Oh yes the holidays are upon us, and I am so excited to put the tree up (I pull this little tree out of the basement and plug it in) and the Christmas lights on the house are so beautiful (they only drive the electricity bill sky high; and baking, I so love baking (If I only had time). And buying gifts, that is the most fun of all, (I have no money to do this). One gift for you and then people have to buy you one back…is that how it goes?
Ok, it is not that bad! I just can’t justify the whole idea of buying, buying, and buying!
This is how we celebrate:
Years ago, I decided that my children needed to know how fortunate we were, and we didn’t have much. But we were healthy, lived in a nice home, food on the table and drove a nice (used) vehicle. We weren’t going without, just living a normal (blue collar) lifestyle. Ordinary people doing ordinary things.
But, they needed to know about the kids out there who didn’t have toys, new clothes, and dinner every night. We started adopting a family each year. I was very particular; I wanted a family with a boy and girl, mom and dad. My daughter would do the girls shopping, my son would do the boys shopping and we would figure out together what to buy the mom and dad.
Well, it’s been 15 years, my children are 20 and 26 now, and last weekend they asked, “Mom when are we are going shopping for our family”.
I guess I proved my point, we are lucky, and we need to always remember those less fortunate.
We never know our “adopted” family and that is ok. I simply wish them the best for the future and that they enjoy our gifts. I know we enjoyed thinking about what we could do for them.
Share this holiday season with others; I know you will enjoy it much more.
Sister Mae I