Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas in the Home

Merry Christmas everyone!

We had some family over for a Christmas Eve dinner last night. We are also having other family over today in a little bit. We already exchanged gifts this morning. I usually ask for things that I need, not want. This year I received new toothbrush heads for my electric toothbrush and new underwear (sorry if that's too personal for some people, but I don't mind sharing it). I also got a hat and scarf and some gift certificates from various people.

The last couple of Christmases, I've kind of been bah humbug about the whole thing. Not because I don't like Christmas, but because I don't like what it has become. I have learned over the years what Christmas is and is not about. It's not about how many gifts you give or receive. It's not about trying to top last year's gift. It's not about the decorations and the flashy wrapping paper. It's not about Santa Claus and his reindeer landing on the top of the house, him coming down the chimney in the middle of the night, eating the cookies left out, and leaving loads of presents behind. I know it is fun to receive and give and decorate and wrap and believe in magic. But it's about the real meaning of Christmas. It's about family and getting together and celebrating the birth of Jesus. It's about the love and passion and the praise that we give and receive on this one day. It has a special meaning to everyone and I think more people need to find their meaning. For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I hope this year you all can find the true meaning of Christmas in your hearts.



Karen said...

Hi Jenni, my name is Karen and I am a friend and care person of Karly. I was at her house when you called earlier this week. I so agree with your christmas posting. The only important thing to remember at christmas is good will, and not just to the people you know, but to even the strangers we see every day. What a different world this would be if we treated everyone like those close to us. Your blog is a wonderful place. It inspires me. Thanks to Karly I was able to find your blog. I hope that I can meet you sometime in the future through Karly. You are an incredible person. Merry Christmas. Karen

Sandy said...

Hello Jenni,
After reading your post about Christmas, I finally figured out why I was so humbug this year - you are right, many of us have lost the true meaning of the Holiday - that is the true magic of Christmas. We all get so wrapped up in the "retail" part of it and the hustle and bustle of it all that we forget about the small child born so many years ago. Thanks for the reminder and have a very blessed new year!