I have always had a blessed life.
I have two wonderful parents who are still married after almost 60 years, who love me and want to see me succeed, a big brother who knows all things car-related, with whom I am thankfully growing closer, who is raising a nephew who is so smart and well-rounded and a joy to watch grow up and an extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins that for many people might be just a little ‘too much’. But for me, they’re exactly enough. We are an eclectic and FUN! bunch, to say the least.
I know Thanksgiving has passed, but I have so much to be thankful for that I just felt like writing about it.
Christmas Eve is my absolute favorite day, and has been for as long as I can remember. This is the one time that, guaranteed, practically my whole family gets together. Of course the only other times this happens – as in most families – is for weddings and funerals. But at least this one night a year, we eat and talk and generally just have a great night of enjoying each other’s company. This Christmas Eve, we even had a snowball fight indoors. One of my cousins had bought a container of 40 snowballs, fake ones of course, and right before we ate, he and some others started throwing them around the room at people! Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera in hand, so I didn’t get photographic evidence. But it was hilarious. I’m guessing this might start a new ‘tradition’, but we’ll have to wait until next year to see.
After we’ve eaten, and the little ones have opened their presents, it’s time for the annual Dirty Santa game to start. If you don’t know what that is, then just click on the link for Dirty Santa and read the rules. What goes on during the game is hilarious! The more ‘stealing’ of presents that goes on, the better the game. It’s a lot of fun to try and figure out what will turn out to be the best gift of the night. This may or may not be a gift that is appropriate or even something most would want out on display… but it’s the one that either most people want, or gets the biggest laugh. Either way, it’s a lot of fun. This I do have photographic evidence of, but, I can’t post them here in order to protect the ‘innocent’.
Christmas is and always should be primarily to celebrate the birth of Christ. I mean, that’s what started it all, isn’t it? Not some jolly man who lives at the North Pole making gifts to give out to children. It’s a nice concept, but truly, if Jesus hadn’t been born, many of us would be living WAAAAY different lives. Some of us live a Christian life, go astray for a while, then find our way back, and are, (thankfully!), accepted into the arms of our loving Lord again.
But it’s hard to celebrate Christmas and not think of getting together with friends and family or the giving and receiving of gifts. But I think the giving of gifts may have started with the birth of Christ, with the three wise men. As long as we remember the Reason for the Season, I think we’re doing ok. However, wouldn’t it be nice if we could remember the reason for the season all year long, not just one or two days of the year? If we would live like it was Christmas every day, then I think our world, and possibly the world around us, would change dramatically.
Maybe we could each come up with a little reminder, print it out and put it somewhere we would see it every day to remind us to act like every day is Christmas. You could put it on the mirror in your bathroom, in your car so you could see it on the way to work, at your desk at work, on the refrigerator door… just any where you think you might need a little reminder during the day. It would remind us to treat those we see each day as we would during the Christmas Season. The reminder could be something as simple as the word Remember, or Christmas! or even a short phrase like Every Day is Christmas or Treat Every Day as Christmas or what ever you might come up with that would work for you.
This world is hard enough to live in these days, and in my opinion having a better attitude during the day can only help. If something as simple as putting up a personal reminder for you to see during your day helps you, then I say go for it! Then, if someone asks what it is, you can tell them and maybe it will help them, too.