Christmas was yesterday, what are you doing today? Reflection, rest and relaxation I hope? My hubby, kids and I are enjoying a rainy day at my family’s cabin. Everyone is just hanging out! I left my camera cord in Charlotte, so I can’t share any photos from Christmas Day, so I will have to wait til later to do that post. All I have is my iphone, so sorry the
pics are so great!
I have been reflecting on the holiday and catching up on emails, blog reading and thinking about what lies before me once I return to my home. I left a house filled with piles of ripped up Christmas paper, boxes and things to be returned. Instead of focusing on what has to be done, I have chosen to think about how lucky I am and how blessed I feel. I have thought about the families who have had an empty chair at the Christmas dinner this year for the first time. Missing an important member of the family due to sickness or distance or death. I have thought about people who didn’t spend a warm Christmas inside or were alone. I have thought about world hunger and those whose who were hungry during the holidays. I have thought about those who weren’t able to provide a tree surrounded with gifts for their family. There is so much need in the world all year long, but for some reason we tend to focus on the need during the holidays. Wonder what the world would be like if we thought of everyday as Christmas?
I also pondered how the holidays can push us to do things we really don’t want to do, be with people who are sometimes difficult or hard to be around. As I have gotten older, I have had less patience with negativity, drama and narcissistic people. I am certainly no saint and can’t say that it isn’t hard for me to suck up my pride and be nice but I always feel better when I do chose to be nice no matter the circumstances.
In the spirit of the season, I want to share one of the best quotes I have ever read about Christmas from one of my favorite blogs“The Daily Love”
“Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.”