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 and 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.This post has been part of the Faith Barista Jam. To see more posts about “Your Hopes for Christmas”, click on the picture below.