I am a bit lacking in Christmas spirit. It could be that trip I took last night to Barrett Parkway where mall shoppers were out in full force, or maybe it’s because I have a sprained bicep from carrying a load of Christmas cards into the post office. Whatever, ’tis the season!
Could someone please post something on Facebook encouraging me to slow down and remember what Christmas is all about? That’s what I need in the midst of the running around, a side helping of guilt.
The problem is not the spending, or the running around, or the trying to figure out what everyone wants/needs. The problem is that I have to do all of that AND my regular life of work/cleaning/parenting. Instead of trying to give everyone healthcare, how ’bout we all get the entire month of December as paid leave?
I was talking to a lovely, Christian friend today and we were contemplating the first Christmas. Do you think, in retrospect, that it would have been better if Mary, upon getting all of the frankincense and myrrh, had said, “No gifts, please. Let’s all just stop the running around like camels chasing their tails and focus on this birth.”
By the way, did you know that YOU can give frankincense and myrrh? It’s the Magi Set. It was probably all the rage 2000 years ago.
The good news is that I just have to buy a couple of things for Moon, some stuff for her friends, get some gift cards for one or two people, figure out a Christmas card for MY family, go to 3 parties, buy a few gifts for assorted friends and family, finish decorating the tree, deliver some gifts to the church, mail some gifts to south Georgia, and wrap everything, then I AM DONE!
Then I promise to stop and rest and remember the reason for the season. It’ll be February by the time I finish, so it should be a lot easier.