Yes, It is that time of year again!

It's Christmas time, "the most wonderful time of the year!"? I have had a difficult time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. Usually I am all for everything that has to do with Christmas. It just seems to be blah for me this year. My husband and I have finished most of our Christmas shopping. We finally put up our tree yesterday. We attempted to put up lights today but we need to buy a couple more strings. I've been listening to Christmas music and looking at the beautiful Christmas lights but it seems so completely and uttterly pointless this year. I guess I'm having a "Blue Christmas". I guess maybe it is the craziness of it all. Going to see everyone, buying presents for everyone, the wrapping, the Christmas cards, the lights, the spending way too much money. It is just so nutty. I wish that people would celebrate Christmas more simply. Like parents giving their children only one or two presents. Like not having to have the best and biggest and most perfect gift for everyone. Stop rushing and slow down. Stop and smile to the people at the stores. Be more grateful for what your have and more giving to those who do not have it. Instead of buying presents for everyone, go out and buy shoes for someone whose shoes are worn out or a hot meal for the panhandler on the corner and actually sit down and eat that meal with him. This is the time of year to celebrate the greatest gift of all, the gift of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, born in a humble stable, with animals all around, sent to save a world that didn't want to be saved.


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