To the editor:
It’s a wonderful time of the year. You remember, don’t you?
I remember Christmas growing up in a rural community. We didn’t have everything, you know, but, I pretty much thought we did. I knew we weren’t rich, but it really didn’t matter.
Christmas was wonder and awe, gathering family, winter white stuff, candy canes, my family all helping to decorate the tree, hanging Christmas lights, decorating cookies, peppermint popcorn balls. Does that spark something in your memory?
Oh, I forgot. There were Christmas presents.
But the really important stuff I remember. For my parents, it was getting up early to take care of daily things so they could enjoy their children and family all day. This is where I struggle. I guess I think everybody had it as good as me. But that’s not the case. Maybe some of you remember presents.
Perhaps this is where many of us struggle. As years have gone by and some of that innocent Christmas wonder and awe have diminished, I’ve begun to remember presents and what I must get for younger people in my life. Now that I’m a “big people somebody,” that’s important, isn’t it?
Of course, give gifts, but, may they include your values, love and gifts that are more eternal than tangible. Throw in a little faith to help young people face this difficult world.
My prayer for you this Christmas is that you accomplish Christmas as well as my parents. Better!