Oh, dear–Christmas is near.

I don’t want to feel this way.  I don’t want to feel caught between the good feelings I have about this sacred season and the tremendous pressure to give, give, give.   It’s not that I mind giving, but I can do without the stuff. 

 Here are the things that I most love to give—and to get:

  • Crystal Clear Communication
  • Heart open and listening
  • Regard and Respect for self and others
  • Insight and inspiration to guide and light the way
  • Service to others who need a helping hand
  • Time for each other  free of bleeps and blips and blaring media
  • Messages of hope and joy and vision and play
  • A special tone of voice, the sound of love itself
  • Spirit of love and peace for all the creatures of earth—including humans

Instead of ranting further, I think I’ll just stop here.  It is my deepest hope that my Christmas list for you is filled to overflowing.  May you have love and peace and blessings all around you during this special holiday season.

 Jamie

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Oh, dear–Christmas is near. — 6 Comments

  1. I love them all – could I get some of them? Just kidding. I especially love the last – spirit of love and peace for all the creatures on earth – including humans.

    Very sweet.
    M.

  2. I hear you. A few years ago I made the decision to choose how I want to “do” Christmas so that I can feel good, not harried and disappointed that I didn’t “get it all done.” I did away with the expectations and pressures. Although this way of “doing” may not please some, it pleases me. It may not follow the kind of Christmas portrayed in the media, but it follows the kind of Christmas that I wish to carry in my heart. Thank you for posting your thoughts. I enjoy reading what you have to say.

    • I love the words “decide” and “choose” in your comment. I’d love to hear more about how you came to that and what you did. Did you “announce” your decision somehow? I think we probably agree on the Christmas in your heart instead of at the mall.

  3. All things considered this Christmas. I absolutely Love your perspective and the line about …TIME for each other… It was the line that is beating in my heart. I read the Ecc. 3:1-8 verse yesterday at my brother’s funeral. There is a Time for everything. We just need to make time for the things in life that really matter.

    • Hi Lori,
      Yes, life is to swift to worry about things that don’t matter. Sometime I feel as though I suddenly wake up and ask, “What am I doing?” I tend to think I have 150 years left and stress about small things–letting the richness around me slide right by. I am in Lincoln, NE tonight and just spent Christmas Even with 8 grandchildren. It doesn’t get much better. I so love watching them grow and change. The two oldest are at that stage where they are shooting the moon in terms of height–becoming teenagers, becoming young men. I celebrate that! Wow.

  4. Jamie Last night at Church Pastor asked the question where’s the baby. he told this great story about this family that had all their family over for the cristining of their baby and when they all arrived they went upstairs and placed all their furs and expensive outerwear on the bed then they went downstairs and talked and laughed and joked and when the time came for the baby noone could find the baby they searched and searched and finally found the baby under all their expensive stuff it so reminded me of how the world is at Christmas they put stuff and getting over the Baby. I have always been so into the perfect holiday the perfect tree the perfect arrangement of things on the tree, the perfect dinner the perfect family and was so disappointed when none of those things were remotly close so this year my mantra was Where’s the Baby and had a very good day with family and spent time to worship the baby. Love reading your Blog Meery Christmas to you and Milt and thank you for my life.

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