Christmas 2010 is winding down friends. I hope you enjoyed your day and your time with family. I’m home alone for now, but soon will pick up my niece and head to some friends house for extended festivities. I’m honored that they invite us to spend their Christmas day with them. True friends.
I got blue this Christmas, I sometimes do that. It’s just a part of my essence. It’s something I deal with occasionally. Especially during those times that are supposed to be joyful. While others post on facebook how much fun they’re having, I get blue. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s jealousy. Maybe it’s self-pity. Perhaps it’s hormones. There’s no telling.
Sometimes Facebook posts make me feel like a voyeur, standing outside in the dark, peering through the window of somebody’s life. The lamp and the Christmas tree put off a soft glow. Families sit around a table, smiling, heads tipped back in laughter, a warm fire burning, popping, and crackling in the corner. But it’s dark out here where I am and cold. I wrap my arms around myself, pulling my coat tighter, longing to be a part of what they have. Is it just me, or do you know what I mean?
But then I think, Really? If you’re really enjoying your fabulous family, playing monopoly, and baking cookies, you wouldn’t be concerned about posting it on facebook, would you?
The grass ain’t always greener on the other side. I’ve learned that. I think the enemy tries to trick us into believing that. In order to make us unhappy or unsettled with what we have. When what we have, is exactly what we need. I have everything I need right here. I am blessed beyond measure.
Here’s our tree this year. It’s artificial, for the first time since Jason and I have been married. We strung popcorn and cranberries like we used to when I was a kid, and strung them up. This is the first year I haven’t wanted to take it down. More than likely, this is the last Christmas in this house as we are drawing closer to moving to our little trailer house on the prairie. I’m going to make it last.
The phone is ringing and Ashlynn is beckoning for me to come get her, so I must hurry and finish. I wanted to wish you, my readers, a Merry Christmas. I know it’s not the easiest time of the year for a lot of people, and can be a reminder of what we’ve lost and what we don’t have, what we may never have. But remember that this is a day of Good News. We have a Savior who can meet all our needs, who can sustain us through difficult times, who knows our heartaches and troubles. Today is a celebration of Him. Do not allow the enemy to steal your joy during this season.
For unto you a child is born, unto you a Savior is given.
Merry Christmas with oodles of love,