Actually, I've been lurking for some time now. This post actually made me sign up.
Libertee, I understand how you feel. Where's the magic? The warm fuzzies? The great feeling you have with hot coco and a fire burning?
I'll tell you a story.....
December 20, 2002. My beloved brother was on the operating table having a simple proceedure done to his heart. The doctor made a tragic mistake, severed an artery in his heart and we almost lost him. Because of the served artery, he had a mild stroke and severe heart damage. Due to this, he could not longer work. He lost a very high paying job, his family, his house, some of his ability to function, etc. He lost everything and lives downstairs from me now. Me and my other brother support him to the best of our ability.
Why tell this story? Here's why....
I've come to realize this life isn't about me and how I feel. It's not about the material things I can collect. It's about my ability to pour my life into others and make the most of the abilities that God's given to me.
Xmas to me is being able to go downstairs and still talk with my brother. Yes, he's a shell of his former self, but I can still talk with and enjoy his company.
Xmas to me is seeing me lovely wife every morning. She'll tell me how I make too much noise in the morning while getting ready for work - and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Xmas to me is see my little 2 yr old son run around and scream "DADDY" at the top of his little lungs.
Xmas to me is looking at my checking account and knowing I need to rely on God's provision to make ends meet every month.
Every morning I get down on my knees and thank God for all the wonderful things he's given to me.
Take some time this morning and look at the wonderful things in your life. Your children - they won't be this age forever. Your spouse - he or she will grow old with you. All the beautiful minis Hasslefree creates and the happiness everyone feels when we paint them. Whoever said money can't buy happiness should try shopping at Hasslefree.
Libertee, I hope you look at all the wonderful things around you. I hope you realize how much happiness you provide to those around you. I'm willing to bet you're allot richer than you think.
I know this is late, but Merry Xmas all......
The Mad Dog
I dont like Xmas personally. I think too many years being single and just spending the xmas season partying has 'jaded' me for motherhood.
i keep trying to look past the commercialism side ( quite hard when your 6 year old has gone through the Argos catalogue and informed you what she wants..whatever happened to 'Santa'??............they grow up too quick nowadays) and thinking "it ought to be more special".
We do the usual things like Church and try to teach the kids what it is really about rather than just presents, but cant seem to make it 'special'
anyone know what i mean or is it just a 'knackered/skint/parent thing??'