Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A Different Sort of Celebration

Here is a picture of Bo and Toby swinging the Grand Baby in a laundry basket. Jesse made a video of this fun time with the Grand Baby hollering, "Look Mama, Look Booboo! I swing! I fast!" Who needs expensive toys when a laundry basket is a wonderful toy?

It has been T-shirt weather here in OK, lately. Although the wind has been blowing, we have been able to get some work done on our barn and storage area. I long for the day when I can get my junk out of a storage unit in town and put it in the barn or my new, huge closet. I think I will have a party when I can get all of Toby’s tools and stuff off of the carport and put it in the barn. And then someday, I will have a real house. Not that my little house is not cozy, it is just small and does not have room for all of my stuff.

The weather is supposed to change this evening with a cold front blowing in with possible snow or ice. I can live with that. I made a trip to Wal-Mart to buy a few things to get us through the next few days if the weather is really that bad. Our weatherman is such a Henny Penny that I just do not know how serious to take him. The bad news is that the barn and storage building will be put on hold. The good news is that the cold weather makes it feel more like Christmas.

We don’t really do a big Christmas. Sometimes I decorate – sometimes not. With such a small house, I will probably not decorate this year. People find it odd that we do not go all out for Christmas, but we try not to let Christmas be stressful. Celebrating the birth of Christ should not be something that causes stress or sends you into debt. If Christmas is not joyous, why do it? While acknowledging the birth of Christ is a good thing, there is no set way or day mentioned in the Bible. I think Christ wanted us to acknowledge Him every day making it a way of life – not just a season – so He did not give specific dates or ways to celebrate. When Christmas becomes something that sends people into rushing around, stressed over shopping, and spending money on material things, something is wrong. When people feel pressure to do bigger and better celebrations or to buy bigger and better presents, I think the meaning of Christmas is lost. Gift giving is something you do because you love someone. It can be done anytime of the year. If you are worried about what you are getting for someone because they might get you something, gosh, what is the point? If you normally would not buy a gift for someone, why buy it at Christmas? For so many years we spent money we did not have on gifts people did not need, and why?

On the other hand, Christmas can be a special time – a time of family and friends. It is a good time to do special things for special people (those things can and should be done anytime of the year). It is a good time to do small things for people - to show your appreciation. It can be a special time of year.

I guess everyone celebrated holidays in their own way. I love listening to Christmas music. I bought a new CD this morning. I would probably play Christmas music all year long, but people would think I had lost my mind. I like getting together with family and friends, but then I like that anytime of the year, too. Although I will not buy lots of presents, I am looking forward to mailing out my personalized Christmas cards. However you celebrate, big or small, may your season be filled with joy. If it becomes stressful, stop it.


inpassing said...

I can just hear the girl squealing with delight.

Call me weird, but I've been listening to Christmas music since October. This year I decided I need to make a mixed CD of some of my favorites. It's been fun to have them on my computer and shuffle the arrangements.

It's sleeting now. The backporch is slick. Could be an interesting day tomorrow!!

Becky said...

Boy, the Grand Baby is getting big! Who needs expensive toys? When I was a child, an old tire was like a whole box full of toys.

I do listen to Christmas music all year round. I've got my favorites on my computer, and I listen to them whenever I feel like it. After all, Christ didn't come to us for just one month.

Dale said...

What a cutie! She looks like she is having a blast!

You know Christmas is a tough time of year for many folks. I have to be careful not to go into a deep funk myself. For me it's a season that should be celebrated year round. So many have lost the true meaning of Christmas. I choose to be happy and celebrate life!

Buck Pennington said...

Most definitely a cutie! I've said it before, but I'll repeat myself: she's at her BEST age! (For grandparents, anyway)