A Cup of Good Cheer

I believe what everyone needs this holiday season is a cup of good cheer. I don’t necessarily mean indulging in alcohol either.

This holiday season has felt challenging and for most of the month I have felt like, what my husband calls, the bahhumbug Grinch. We had been dealing with some issues that were causing great anger in me, along with needing to watch our finances a little closer. This toppled with the fact that we hadn’t hung our Christmas lights on the house, nor had we gotten a tree. I was also behind in my usual Christmas baking.

Then finally like a puzzle, all the pieces started to fit together. We got our issue to a point where we can enjoy some quality family time. A neighbour suggested to drape some lights in our bushes since I was too chicken to climb up onto the roof. We eventually got a Christmas tree set up. I got a bit of baking done. Then we hosted our annual Christmas party. For the past few years my oldest daughter has hosted a Christmas party. We invite a few of her friends and their families. This year we had 2 families join us and we had an awesome evening. The evening was filled with friends and good cheer. It was exactly what the bahhumbug Grinch needed to grow her heart.

It is all too easy to get wrapped up in the gift giving. Trying to figure out what to get the people who have everything and figuring if you can afford everything you want to do. We tend to forget the true meaning of Christmas. It is not about all the presents. It is about spending time with our loved ones.

Have a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

The Reason for the Season

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Some may think it is too early to start talking about Christmas. This past weekend those of us in High River were treated to the true spirit of Christmas.

The devastating June floods destroyed many a basement. It was in the basement where most of us stored our holiday decorations. For some, they lost everything. For others they lost a bit. Then there were the few lucky people whose possessions were spared.

A wonderful couple in town decided to put together what they called Project Christmas Hope. They started collecting Christmas decorations for those who lost theirs in the flood. Little did they think their house would soon be overtaken by donations. These donations came from across the country, as well as from our friends south of the border.

My family lost a few decorations, so we headed down to the church to pick out a couple of things. My husband found this sign “Remember the reason for the season.”

It is an excellent reminder for everyone. Christmas is not just about the presents, trees, ornaments and wreaths. The true meaning goes much deeper. It is a time to share a cup of good cheer with our friends and family. It is a time to start new traditions with our young family. It is a time to celebrate life.

Please remember what the reason for the season is.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

‘Tis the Season

The holiday season is fast approaching. People are starting to make their lists and are checking them twice. The holidays have become a commercialized mess where people compete with one another to see who can buy the biggest, best, and most popular present.

Where has the true meaning of Christmas gone? Also, for as much pleasure as we get out of giving generously, do we actually know how to receive humbly and graciously?

I had to learn this lesson one Christmas when we were given a gift where we could not imagine to give something of equal or similar value back in return. My husband asked me if the gift we had given was something the person needed? I told him it was. He said, then what was the issue, we had both received something we needed, and the price tag should not matter.

With these times of economic uncertainty, why try to out do yourself. Instead pick small gifts with meaning, give something homemade, or make a fun rule that the gift cannot exceed $20 and see what surprises come about.

Christmas should not be about presents, presents, presents. It is about spending time with our loved ones when we can. When planning time to spend with loved ones, also consider any chaos that may evolve from that. Remember, we are all cherished and loved by our family regardless if we can spend time with them on Christmas day or not.

Let’s remove the stress from Christams, and learn to sit back, relax, and make it a holiday to remember.