This is my third attempt to write my blog for this week. I started with “Happy Holidays” which slowly morphed into “Harried Holidays.” It finally dawned on me that the phrase I use most often during this time of year is, “If you don’t believe, you won’t receive.”
Granted, that phrase was originally used to make the older children understand that in this house, Santa is the one that brings presents, and there will never be talk to the contrary.
This year the phrase has taken some different turns, making this Christmas season more meaningful to me than in many a year.
There is a friend who is very dear to us sitting in a hospital room in New York City. Despite the grim facts of her case, she continues to believe that she is meant to be with us for as long as possible. The only way to receive a miracle is to believe and turn the miracle into reality.
There are a legion of quiet angels who are trying to help my friend and her family find a little joy right now. Seeing how they believe in the power of love, prayer and support is a gift received and shared by all.
I kept my word and worked on being present wherever I was this holiday season. I was able to smile at those in the mall whose demeanor seemed to be equal parts joy and sorrow. I smiled at the harried cashiers and the moms trying desperately to keep their children happy. To the one, I received a smile back.
The reality of Christmas being six days away, though, has not found me sipping a cup of tea in quiet repose. In fact, I am on my third Coke Zero of the day and I plan on running until December 24th when I screech across the finish line.
On Christmas morning, I will sit back with a sigh of relief and watch the children, aged 4-18, open their presents with glee before we head off to church. The festival of food will begin apace the minute we return home and laughter will fill the house all day.
Thus, no matter what you believe, may you receive the joy and warmth that this season is meant to bring.
As for me, I hope Santa appreciates how good I make him look every year!