Last week I made a quick trip to deliver out-of-town gifts and made a brief stop at the home of a friend who loves her home. I blasted in from the freeway and walked into a Christmas sanctuary. My friend’s home was perfectly decorated with glowing tress and fragrant holiday candles. She was adorned with an apron and the electric mixer was actually whirring with batter and cookie sheets were positioned on the countertop awaiting the concoction. The kitchen smelled of vanilla, cinnamon and most intoxicating of all – chocolate. It was such a perfect world. I could imagine even Martha Stewart giving the environment her grudging nod of approval! And while it was not my home or perhaps will never be the world I inhabit, it lifted my spirit.
For a person who has difficulty entering into the joyful nature of Christmas, I am amazed how certain small elements have the ability to elevate my leaden disposition. Reading Christmas cards from old friends, seeing delight on the faces of people who are the recipients of presents, going to a sing-along holiday concert, have provided me with a refreshing sense of what Christmas can be. I cannot help but wonder if sometimes we are just in the habit of feeling stressed or overwhelmed and simply cannot see the opportunities for surprise, delight and enjoyment.
So be good to yourselves this Christmas holiday season. Take a nap, read a mystery, get in the car and drive down a street decorated with lights. Walk into your church and send up a prayer of gratitude for the adventure of your life. Pay a compliment to the department store clerk as you return your Christmas gifts – it is amazing how those little gestures make a difference, cheer us up and make everything, everything better!Happiness at Christmastime! The angel said to them: “You have nothing to fear! I come to proclaim good news to you – tidings of great joy to be shared by the whole people. This day in David’s city a savior has been born to you, the Messiah and Lord.” Luke~