Holidays can be difficult …but I always try
–By Roberta Blevins
This time of year can be difficult for many of us for so many different reasons, whether it’s money woes, loved ones we miss, being separated from the ones we love because of military, etc.
As for me, I try to focus on what the holidays are really about…it’s very hard and even seems impossible at times but I always try. I give thanks at Thanksgiving for the people that I have in my life, not so much for things I have…unless we are talking about a warm home, food and the necessities that we have, and the jobs me and Shelby have that help us have what we need..I give thanks for that every day.
During Christmas, I mostly try to remember that this holiday isn’t about me. Yes it would be nice to have all my family together for Christmas but that’s not possible. So I must remember that this holiday started because a man and woman were alone in a stable while she gave birth to Jesus.
Just take a moment to think about that when you feel your Christmas isn’t going the way you believe it should.
On that night in Bethlehem there was no big Christmas meal, no parties, no big family gatherings, no big costly presents under a brightly lit tree.
How many of us go through the holidays without giving the homeless and hungry a second thought?
They would be happy for a warm bed and meal.
If you are asking yourselves what brings on the thought for this commentary I will tell you.
Every year I hear people griping because they put so much emphasis on what we as human beings have made Christmas to be, knowing that we have raised the bar so high that we set ourselves up for disappointment…thus begins the griping.
We begin this venture to have the PERFECT Christmas very early some even sacrifice their Thanksgiving holiday to do so.
Don’t get me wrong, I love driving around looking at all the pretty lights, I love sitting in my home at night staring at the lights on my tree with presents wrapped and watching Christmas movies and cartoons, I love cooking a Christmas meal and inviting people over to eat.
However, you won’t see me throwing away a moment of Thanksgiving or pushing and shoving people to make sure that I have made Christmas a commercial activity. I would rather just have a peaceful laid back Christmas enjoying the people I love who are still with me and remembering the ones who aren’t with me. I will leave everything else to the people who have forgotten the true meaning of this season.