by Betty Bose
Thanksgiving is over (barely) and the retailers have been into high selling mode for at least three weeks. Now is the time to Deck the Halls with Advertising, I mean holly, and charge into the shopping frenzy full steam.
As much as I miss having little ones around during the holidays, there is something to be said for giving the teenagers a little something to open along with gift cards so they can buy what they REALLY want. Despite the pleasure I receive from giving gifts, my back complains when I try to navigate the mall and there seems to be even less time to allocate to shopping. Hmmm must be getting old.
On the plus side, that same bum back gives me the opportunity to put the guilt on my granddaughters to come help me bake for the Holidays. I tell myself they enjoy learning how to make their favorite treats and they are too sweet to tell me otherwise.
The “real” tree has been replaced by an artificial pre-lit variety erected by my son. I must grudgingly admit it looks just as good and doesn’t drop needles for me to find in small crevices and under furniture for the next nine months. The same cherished hand made ornaments like the Handprint Santa Ornament and the Oatmeal Clay Wreath hang next to a century old glass bulb that has been handed down in my husband’s family from his grandmother.
My legion of Nutcrackers line the shelves and give their toothy grins. Each one with a year etched into the bottom. The village of shops and homes that our daughter has faithfully hand painted for her father each year will be lovingly displayed among the artificial snow in a spot normally reserved for some of his many books.
Yes, all is well at our house, although it is a changing world. Not all change is bad if we just look at things in perspective. I can’t do everything I used to, but then perhaps I don’t need to. It is time for others to take on those roles and enjoy what I have for these many years.
May this season, whatever your holiday is, be filled with an appreciation for God’s many blessings. Take time to enjoy them all with your families.
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