With Thanksgiving late in November this year, and Chanukah falling on that day, this holiday season felt like a whirlwind season with Christmas now arriving.
I wanted to be sure to get this holiday edition out to wish you joy and peace. Whatever your holiday tradition may be, they all speak to our being there for each other to embody and experience the meaning of the holidays.
Some years ago, Our Lady Help of Christians Church gave out a flyer by an Unknown Author that I framed to put out with my Christmas decorations each year since then. I would like to share it again with those who may not have seen it, as both a holiday gift and an appropriate reminder at this time for all of us.
“If I decorate my house perfectly with red and green bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though hurried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust.
But giving the gift of love will endure forever.”
Thank you for all your support in reading this blog and sharing it. All of you were in my thoughts at Thanksgiving when I recalled my blessings, and you will be in my heart at Christmas as I celebrate the birth of the One who is an example of true love for all of us.