I'm just about done with my Christmas shopping, just a few last minute items and some gift cards to get...I can proudly say that I have done what I can to get our economy going again! I don't shop as much as I used to, my sons are all older now and my Toys r Us days are a thing of the past. I must admit that the first year I didn't have to make the late night toy store run was quite sad! I may have even shed a tear ot two, silly I know. If you're a young Mom, exhausted from the shopping and preparations take a few moments to enjoy the magic young children bring to the holiday, you'll miss it someday!
I spent last friday with my sister putting up her tree and decorating her home. She was too tired from her chemotherapy and radiation to do much more than unwrap a few ornaments but she enjoyed it all the same. I wish I could have captured the joy on her face when we were all done, I know she sits and enjoys her tree and decor everyday! She is keeping her shopping to a minimum, mostly giving gift cards...running around to the stores is out of the question at this time. I'll be getting a list of the cards she needs and picking them up for her when I get mine.
It's funny how even though the passage of time, an illness or death in the family can change how we celebrate Christmas, the fundamental love and joy we have for each other still stands strong. Whether miles separate you from family or you have yours close by, always hold the love for them in your hearts and carry you Christmas there too.
May you all have a blessed Christmas and may the Miracle of our Lord's birth sustain you through the coming year. Wishing you all a year filled with endless love, good health and prosperity!