Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Memories

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.


Cathy said...

What a great post. It is so true that we about the memories associated with Christmas that we remember rather than the gifts.

By the way, I like your new header. It looks great - kind of professional looking.

Have a Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing your RA journey.

Anonymous said...

Terry, you're absolutely right. It isn't the "things" we give and get for Christmas, it's the people we open our hearts to. Lene over at The Seated View has a post up about how her family celebrates the holiday the Danish way -- and call it the Feast of Hearts. That's so true.

I'm glad you're feeling a little better and hope that the trend will continue. Here's wishing you and yours a beautiful, warm, laughing, loving Christmas.

Oh -- and I really like your new header, too. WOW. That's just great!

Living It, Loving It said...

I definately have to agree with your statement: "A big part of that feeling comes from living with RA day after day." I think this year our Christmas has been quietier than previous years. Memories are far more important than anything and I guess that is a lesson we learn with RA. I think, for me at least, RA makes us looking differently at life, more deeply if anything.

I am glad you are feeling better. I am still trying to feel better but when your immune system is suppressed, it is kind of difficult.

Your new page design looks great!

Have a Merry Christmas!

tharr said...

Cathy, thanks. I worked on a computer in the artroom at a graphics house for 2 1/2 years. I still love to play around and see what I can come up with.