Since Wisconsin winters are sometimes brutal, around Christmastime I always think I’d like to be somewhere warm. I think I’d like to be basking in the sun while my state-mates are scraping their windows and slipping on the ice. I’d like to be Christmas shopping in my shorts and worrying about another layer of sunscreen and not another layer of clothing – or sipping an umbrella drink instead of hot chocolate and Schnapps. OK, I may have gone too far dissing the Schnapps.
But as it turns out, I love being home for Christmas. There’s nothing like a crackling fire or the way the Christmas lights look with snow on the pines. There’s nothing like the smiles of family and friends and the presents under the tree. The home-cooked meals with too many carbs and too many desserts. The kid-decorated Christmas cookies that are eaten without judgement and the Christmas hugs.
After the shopping and decorating frenzy, the cleaning whirlwind, the frantic late Christmas cards again (sorry!) – when the time finally comes to reflect on the reason for the season, it’s great to celebrate at our own church and sing familiar hymns of a mother and her baby, wise men and stars and silent nights, little drummers and joy to the world!!
Take time to be thankful, peaceful and joyful this holiday season. And give as many hugs as you can to as many people as you can. ‘Tis the Season!