Thursday, December 24, 2009
This year our Christmas may not be as big or elaborate as in the past, but that doesn't stop what is in our hearts. I believe most people feel that Christmas is far too commercialized, unless perhaps, they own a retail store. Perhaps the commercialization can be blamed for the depression that many people feel around this time of year. I've got this, and this, a new car, and credit cards, but I still feel empty.
I have received many wonderful presents over the years for Christmas, but off the top of my head, I can't name one of them. I can, however recall the Christmas that uncle Jim got to come back for Christmas (major league baseball player) unexpectedly, or the year we had snow at Christmas and all of the kids along with some of the adults had a snowball fight or the year my cousin Ricky dressed up as Santa and came in with presents for all of the little kids, ...etc.
I have been a bit under the weather for a couple of weeks and although I am feeling better now, there's no denying that I just haven't felt up to, or really cared about getting all of the lights and decorations up this year. A big part of that feeling comes from living with RA day after day. But lets face it, Christmas isn't about having the best decorated house, or how much new stuff you can add to your outside display. Although, at our old house in Fort Smith, I had 2 great neighbors and the 3 of us started trying to outdo each other at Christmas. It was for fun, we used to help each other while visiting and laughing about who had the most lights up each year. One of those neighbors passed away this summer. By the time we sold our house and moved, there were 6 or 7 houses in on it ... some of them had never even put out outside lights before, but were out decorating, visiting and laughing with us.
I would like to wish you and all your families peace and happiness this season as well as good health and prosperity in 2010.