Christmas is almost here and I’m still not done! How is this possible?
always start out with the best of intentions. Get the tree and other
decorations up the weekend after Thanksgiving and do the Christmas cards
the next week. My husband usually starts shopping well before
Thanksgiving and gifts are tucked away ready to be wrapped.
Only one of those things happened on schedule and that would be my husband’s shopping.
Holidays come if we’re ready or not. Pretty much life happens whether we’re ready or not.
fellow from NECCO came on Thursday to change out our water meter. The
front and living rooms were tidy but the kitchen was a another story. I
had to take the Christmas table cloth off the table to wash it and it
makes it a lot easier to wrap gifts without it. The centerpiece was
shoved onto the counter, the table cloth was freshly washed and folded
beside and the rest of the room was in chaos! Chaos, I say!
paper, boxes, bows, tags and the like were strewn everywhere! My
husband and I have been wrapping a few gifts here and there as we have
time and since this is the busiest time of year for both of us at work,
it’s not really going very well. We’ve been relegated to eating on TV
The NECCO guy will have to come back on Monday because he
couldn’t get our water shut off in the basement. He will return with a
city worker who will shut it off at the street. My goal is have the
kitchen and the rest of the house looking so good he’ll think his last
view of my kitchen was a mirage or something.
I finally got all
the decoration storage bins packed back under the stairwell so you can
walk through the computer room. That in itself was a chore. Just as I
tucked the last bin way, I realized I had blocked the boxes of boxes and
Christmas bags and had to drag it all out again, pull those out and
I was going to put out the lights on the bushes
last weekend but the snow pre-empted my efforts so our outside lights
are only half-way done. It’s a sad state of affairs.
Sigh. There’s always next year to do better.
every day is a chance to do better. Isn’t that what it’s all about? I’m
not talking about preparing for holidays or wrapping gifts or Christmas
lights. It’s about who we are as people. Are we kind? Do we go out of
our way to help others and make their day better? Do we spread kindness
Sometimes we get all wrapped up in what we have to “do” we forget who to “be.”
the Christmas season is different for everyone, a kind word, gesture or
just a smile can change someone’s day for the better. We have no idea
what the person next to us in the grocery store line is dealing with.
That check-out girl who keeps making mistakes on our purchases could be
losing a parent or a child or be facing financial hardships that make
here day anything but bright. The guy at the gas station at the next
pump may have a sick wife or child at home.
Kindness takes no
effort. Smiling takes less muscles than frowning. Saying thank you costs
you nothing. Saying “have a nice day” can make someone’s day just that.
Think back to a time where perhaps you weren’t having your best day and
just a few words from someone changed things around.
In the words
of the Grinch: “It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came
without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his
puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if
Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”
Make every day mean more.