It’s Christmas!! I hope you all are having a merry one.
If you’ve been a long-time reader here, you know that for me, Christmas has always been more of a hard holiday for me rather than a merry one. It all stems way back to being a kid when I was in about 3rd grade. I had an older sister whose family didn’t celebrate Christmas at all. It put a big strain on the family and more less stole any magical part of Christmas away from me. I’ve written about it all on the blog before.
After my sister’s family quit celebrating Christmas, my parents pretty much caboshed Christmas for all of us, and the only thing we did was go to Christmas Eve candlelight church with my Dad. No presents to speak of…no tree…no Christmas that many experience.
It wasn’t horrible and I don’t ever want anyone to think I didn’t have good parents. I did. They were doing what they felt was right and to this day, I still respect that.
For years Christmas to me has been more about going to church for candlelight services on Christmas Eve. That became our family tradition and I love that. I love that a lot. To me, that’s always been Christmas…not lights, not trees, not presents.
It’s been very different for me now that I have a job away from home. I know it sounds silly but I can see people being excited about gift-giving. I can see people being excited about wrapping presents and making candy goodies that they have brought to work and shared. In the past, all those things seemed like drudgery. But now I see people doing them and they are acting like it’s fun…Hmm. That is entirely a new concept to me.
I’ve never really seen people be truly excited about those parts of Christmas before. I know it sounds crazy but it’s the truth…and it’s really been eye-opening. I think the 58-year-old me is learning something completely different from what I’ve always known and honestly, I kind of like it! Maybe it’s not too late to teach this old dog a new trick! I can say I’m definitely seeing much more joy in Christmas than I ever have before.
For me, Christmas #58 is turning out to be one of the best ones and I like that!!
I hope you’re having a good Christmas…and that you, like me, are finding some unexpected JOY! Merry Christmas to you all!