I Need A Little Christmas

It’s been a rough year for our family as my father’s spent four months of it in the hospital. Throughout this ordeal, he’s managed to be pleasant, kind, patient and, as all the nurses concede–sweet. (And he is a sweet man.) Many of us can learn something from this man, couldn’t we?

For the past fifteen years or so, Dapper G and I have fled the Christmas madness in search of warmer climes, but this year I am profusely grateful that my father is home with my mother–where he should be, where we will be.

So this year more than others, I vow to add a little Christmas spirit to my life. It won’t be the new-red-Christmas-flannel-pajamas-trying-to-sleep-knowing-that-Santa-is-nearby feeling I had as a child–it’ll be something considerably more meaningful.

The house will be decked in holly and sparkling glass everywhere, gifts for the less-advantaged children, a wreath for the door, new concert dresses for my students, and food for the local pantry. It feels good to give of oneself too–this I must do!

As Dickens wrote:

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. 
Let us all join in the spirit of giving.
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20 thoughts on “I Need A Little Christmas

  1. Pingback: Our Christmas Tree Up Close… | jeanne's blog…a nola girl at heart

  2. You and I have the same idea this year. I will be serving in a soup kitchen on Christmas. I really want to do this and I have an added bonus I don’t have to spend it with the in laws. I did ask them to join me but that is not their cup of tea. I love them but holidays can get a little nasty. This is going to be the best Christmas ever. I am so excited.

  3. Keeping focused on famiy and generosity throughout the holidays helps keep the chaos at bay and reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. So glad your dad is home where he should be this holiday. Thanks to the reminder to all to be open and appreciative this next month, without giving in to the craziness of the season.

  4. I’m so glad that your dad is home, Terry. I understand about rough years, and am glad to see you still looking to the bright and cheerful side. Thanks for the thoughts and pictures.

  5. Here Here!!! I think we all need to appreciate one another more, our relationships, our loved ones, what we’ve had and what we have, not in the way of material things, but love, support, emotional ties, the caring of our friends, etc.

  6. Beautiful images; simple & elegant. I like your non-profit link. I did something similar on my blog and while it is something we should do year ’round, it seems perfectly in time with this season of buying presents that we should pause to think of others.

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