“I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” ~ A Christmas Carol: Ebenezer Scrooge
I’ve been reading about Christmas baking, crafts, wrapping gifts, and décor before I cleared my Thanksgiving table.
On Christmas Eve I read about Christmas blues, slumps and funks.
By 6 PM on Christmas, I read that people were DONE with the holiday and in the process of taking down their trees,clearing their mantles, packing decorations back in the attic and ready to take on the new year.
Most people assume this term has something to do with contempt for Christmas. The word conjures images of the miserly Scrooge who refused to celebrate.
Actually, the word is an old term meaning hoax or jest. Scrooge is claiming people are only pretending in an effort to delude him, each other and themselves.
I think Scrooge had a point. We delude ourselves. So many people are busy preparing for the perfect day they miss the moments. So many are distracted by the details that they miss the big picture. So many are lost in times gone by and cannot find their way back to the here and now. So many are mourning losses – family, friends, jobs, homes – and don’t take comfort in what they still have.
My sincere Christmas and New Year wish is that you enjoy the gift HE gave you; the present.
I am probably the last person in The Land of Blog to share some sparkle, but here are a few of my favorite Christmas things, newly acquired on Etsy:
The Manly Man Stocking from TheSmithHotel
The Joyeux Noel Star from PaperEclectiques