Well Merry Merry Christmas to all of you. I just love this time of the year. October – December are just lovely for me. I look forward to them all year long. The time with my family, the cooler weather, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and food. Don’t forget the food. For most of us this season is a time of cheer. For most I said. I think of all of the joy but in my heart I can’t help but think of those who are alone and sad. I am lucky enough to say that I have never had to endure a holiday, or any day for that matter, alone or without joy. Most of us I believe can say that. Aren’t we just truly blessed? Don’t we take that for granted?
The older I get, the time with my family and memories mean more than any material thing that I could possibly buy. I can remember as a child just wishing for a new stereo, some cool boots, and a cabbage patch doll (I told y’all I’m an 80’s gal). Today my wishes are quiet a bit different. I think this year we all just wish for health and for this horrible pandemic to just go away. What’s your “grown up” Christmas wish? When you sit at home today and spend it with your family, look around and think to yourself what your true wish is. I guarantee that is isn’t something material. If it is well, Lordy Lou I hope you got it lol.
I have two wishes for this Christmas season. First, I want to tell you a little story. A couple of times each week I go to visit my momma. She lives downtown in the middle of the city. Now when I say city, understand that we live in little ole northeast Tennessee. So its not a big city. Each time that I drive to her house I pass a an area that is consumed with our local homeless community. Let me just tell you that it truly breaks my heart. Thankfully I have never had to experience being without a place to live. I’m assuming most of you haven’t. Friends, if you do not have a heart for our homeless people, in my opinion, you need to examine yourself a little. Aren’t we all just a few paychecks away from being in their shoes? Aren’t we all so blessed with mental stability? I will admit, for many years, it was so uncomfortable for me that I would find myself looking the other way. I think it is for most of us. Over the last few yearsI began looking. I began to try to look at the faces of these precious souls. Can I just say, it’s not what you think. Some of these people are very young. They’ve been dealt a hard hand. They may have even fought for your freedom. I can promise you that they are someone’s CHILD. As a parent I truly cant imagine my son being homeless and that alone. It completely breaks my heart. So, my number one Christmas wish is that we (and I mean you and me), look at these the homeless in our community through the eyes of a parent. I wish that there was so much more that we could do. If you cant financially do something, then at the very least pray for them. And if you don’t believe in that then try to at least ask yourself what you can do to show kindness to them. You don’t have to be a Christian to be kind. You really don’t.
My second Christmas wish came true. As I said, we live in northeast Tennessee. We haven’t had a white Christmas in 10 years. They are typically cold but not snow. Well it came this year. I got my white Christmas. Isn’t that wonderful. Earlier in the week I saw the Bethlehem star and last evening everything was covered in beautiful snow. Now I know that second wish is a little selfish but, oh how I love it. My heart is truly happy.
I hope that this blog has made you think a little today. I hope that your Christmas Day is filled with many blessings, a huge amount of time with your loved ones, and that all of your grown up Christmas wishes come true. Love from my little family right here in northeast Tennessee to each of you.
“For unto us a child is born. A savior is given.” Oh how thankful I am for that. Merry Christmas. ❤️Always