Christmas for those with few of family

Ah, the holidays. Those two words often evoke feelings of anxiety in the hearts of many Americans. So much to do to get ready: Clean the house, then decorate it from top to bottom, inside and out; send out greeting cards, cook an enormous amount of food ahead, so that the roast turkey or glazed ham with all trimmings will look as effortless as the cooking shows on cable television. And what about the shopping, you ask? Yes, what should we buy our mother-in-laws who are so picky, our children’s ballet teacher, the neighbors who are always on diets, the work gift exchange, our best friends, and our not-so-best-friends who are bound to show up bearing wrapped packages? Did anybody mention children and grandchildren? It’s no wonder many Americans greet December with waning enthusiasm as years go by. As Christians, we know in our hearts to keep Christ at the center of the holiday, giving Him the focus. Then hopefully we’ll be able to pick and choose how much activity to partake in without losing the spiritual flavor to the season.

My husband and I represent a very small group who’s almost never heard from…people who have no one to cook culinary creations for at the holidays, who clean their house expecting few guests, and whose gift list is miniscule and growing smaller each year. I usually have far more cards than addresses in my book, and without children or grandchildren, we never find ourselves deep in debt once January rolls around. I know what you’re thinking: Lucky you. But remember, once you’ve finished your list of chores and the blessed Eve and Day finally arrives, you will be surrounded by a bevy of people who love you. My husband and I only have each other… and the Lord.

So those of you with large families living close enough to spend time with, stop focusing on everything you must accomplish. Split up the chores equitably, settle for less-than-gourmet meals, and set dollar limits on gift expenditures. Do whatever necessary to keep the Christmas season from spiraling out of control. Then take time each day to give thanks that you have been blessed with your loving families. Don’t think I’m complaining, because at least my husband and I have each other. Pity those who are alone and don’t know the Lord. I can’t imagine a sadder holiday season that that. Merry Christmas to one and all.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Where is this newborn king of the Jews? We saw His star as it rose, and we have come to worship Him. Matthew 2:2