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My Hopes for Christmas

02 Dec
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I have always loved Christmas. When I was a little kid, it was about the presents of course, but as I got older it was about why we celebrate it (the birth of our Savior) and the spirit that seems to come alive during this time of the year. But each year, it’s been harder and harder to get into the Christmas spirit. Last year, it didn’t feel like Christmas until the week of…and even that was difficult as some things happened on Christmas day that put a damper on my spirits for several hours.

This year, my hopes for Christmas are relatively simple…

I want to begin to feel like it’s Christmas starting now. I used to wait with baited breath for the day after Thanksgiving so I could throw my Christmas CD’s in and get going! Now, I am finding that I am not waiting anxiously for that day. I want to feel that spirit again!

I want to see more people focusing on what Christmas is really about and not just on the presents andΒ  the decorations. The sweetest thing happened a while back. I was trying to prepare for Christmas shopping (have to save in advance and buy a little at a time) so I asked my son what he wanted for Christmas. Do you know what he told me? I just want to spend time with the greatest mommy! You don’t have to get me anything mom. Wasn’t that just precious? Of course, I am buying him gifts, but it was nice to see that he wasn’t as into all the material things like he used to be. He has a list, sure, but I am noticing that since he became a Christian, my precious little boy has been more focused on what this season is about than what he can get. And he’s ready to clean out some of his toys and give them to our church for our clothes/toy swap in time for Christmas. It burdens his sweet little heart that there are kids out there who don’t get anything at all.

I have a few other, more selfish, hopes…I hope that I can figure out how to do this Java class before Christmas. And I hope that I can finally meet a Godly, sweet, mature man who will love me and my son for the rest of our lives.

Then there are the hopes I am not sure will ever come true…that my (older) brother will reconcile with my family and that my son’s father will get saved and be a better father and better example to his son.

Those are my hopes for this Christmas; those are the things I want the most this year.

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22 responses to “My Hopes for Christmas

  1. floyd

    December 2, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Those are great hopes for Christmas. I’m going to pray for those things for you and the people in your life. Junior is mature beyond his years and God is using you to take him there.
    God Bless you, and Merry Christmas!

    Between you and your mom I’m starting to feel it!

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 2, 2010 at 8:17 am

      Floyd you are always such an encouragement and you are greatly appreciated! God’s blessings to you as well and I am glad we are starting to get you into the spirit of Christmas!

       
  2. Kathy

    December 2, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Hi!

    I found you through Faith Barista…nice post…nice thoughts on Christmas and keeping it simple.

    You sound like a great mom with great hopes during this season and probably through the year.

    Take Care,
    Kathy

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 2, 2010 at 8:20 am

      Kathy, I am glad that you found my blog and enjoyed it! I am far from perfect…have made and continue to make many mistakes…but I have great hopes and dreams for myself and my son. I appreciate your comments and hope that you will continue to read.

       
  3. Glynn

    December 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

    We all share hopes for a less commercial, more Christ-focused Christmas.

    And in answer to your question, we lived in Beaumont from 1973 to 1974. I was a copy editor for the Enterprise. Parkdale Mall opened that fall, and butch Hoffer’s was one of the original stores. Cool that it’s still there!

    We lived in the Lancaster-Cornwall apartments on Prutzman Road, off of Calder (and way out from downtown at the time).

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

      Unbelievably small world! I am the assistant to the editor right now! LOL

      Yes, I think if we got back to a less commercial Christmas and more Christ-focused, it would be easier for a lot of people to feel the spirit of Christmas more!

       
  4. Jason

    December 2, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Those are some great hopes for Christmas….I hope you get them too. πŸ™‚

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 2, 2010 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Jason! You are another one of my favorite encouragers and I greatly appreciate you!

       
  5. Heidi Avery

    December 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

    What a precious son God has blessed you with! Keeping it simple and focusing on Him for Christmas… that’s what I want too! Blessings!

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

      Blessings to you as well! πŸ™‚

       
  6. FaithBarista Bonnie

    December 2, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Hi Allison! What a beautiful Christmas list! I felt our Father in heaven smiling that His child Allison has a shared her heart with Him. What a beautiful son… and a poignant post on the wish for the Spirit of Christmas.

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

      Thanks Bonnie! (It’s April by the way. LOL) I love my boy and am grateful he has such a big heart!

       
      • Faith Barista Bonnie

        December 3, 2010 at 11:27 pm

        Goodness sakes! So sorry, *April*! I got my A’s mixed up! πŸ™‚

         
      • apesydaisy

        December 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm

        No worries!

         
  7. Joanne Norton

    December 2, 2010 at 11:35 am

    YEP!! Everything you said, overall, is the truth. I want to see my kids return to the Lord, my grandkids turn their hearts to him in spite of the occasional awfulness of their lives. I focus on nativity sets, and if we put up a tree [don’t have much room any more, but still like it] we use as many spiritually-oriented ornaments as possible. [I ain’t a Santa person in our present cultural society that puts him before Him.]

    When I married my dear husband … exactly as you described what you are hoping for … he poured so much love into our family that, for a time, it was amazingly blessed. HE hasn’t changed; my kids did. It’s harder to enjoy Christmas when I can’t be “real” to my kids w/o risking a fuss. So, we sometimes leave town or connect with folks from church so we can relax — and sometimes, even though everyone is within about 10 minutes of us, we spend the day alone, resting and reading and watching a movie and enjoying each other.

    But mostly… as I’m doing just as I am sending this … I set up the nativity sets around the living room and thoroughly enjoy the time of drawing them into my heart.

    Bless your time. I hope it’s the best ever.
    And your son sounds like a treat!!

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

      I pray that this Christmas will bring an extra special blessing to you Joanne; that your children and grandchildren will see you in a new light; that you and your husband will have a special time just the two of you; and that God will grant an extra measure of grace, mercy, peace and joy in your holiday! Thank you for sharing with me!

       
  8. Nikole Hahn

    December 2, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I hope you do meet a Godly man. :o)

    The Christmas joy will come…just wait for it.

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks Nikole! I’m not worried about it, just praying for it! LOL ;0

       
  9. Lisa notes...

    December 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Saying a prayer for your son’s father right now…

    I know the Lord is listening to your heart and I trust that he will shower you with his gifts to your heart’s content!

     
  10. marina delvecchio

    December 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Your son sounds wonderful — warm and sweet. I hope you get your wishes — they’re not selfish at all.

    On a lighter side, how’d you get those snowflakes on your scene. So pretty.

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 4, 2010 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks! The snowflakes are a word press extra

       

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