Yes, it’s true! Many of you have probably already realized that:) but I have felt that my Christmas season has zoomed by so today, I thought “Wow it really is over. Where did it go?”
I taught through December 23rd. I had a sinus infection since Thanksgiving so I was ready to sit on the couch and do nothing for the first few days of break. But of course, that doesn’t happen when you “have to” do all those great things to get ready for the holiday.
You know, you need to wrap the presents. Oh wait, you need to buy or make them first! You need to make sure you remember all the people on your list and then also remember those people who might give you a gift. You know how important it is to have those extra gifts ready. You have to bake the cookies and prepare the food for the big day. You have to go look at lights and model trains. You have to go to church. You have to lead the pageant or sing in the choir. You have to make sure you have the right dress for the Christmas party. You have to rush from party to party. Oh no, did you make the cookies for the third cookie exchange? You have to host the family. You have to watch the Hallmark movies and stay up late enjoying the lights on the tree. You have to decorate the house. Wow, no wonder that season flies by!
This year, though, my Christmas season flew by for other reasons. That sinus infection that I got the week of Thanksgiving didn’t go away until last Wednesday so by the time Christmas came around, I was exhausted. I would get home from work and have NO energy to do anything except finish the 7 IEPs that were due, try to plan for the next day, shove some dinner down my throat and then climb into bed.
I did manage to wrap a few presents on Christmas Eve but most of those other things on that list just didn’t happen. All of a sudden there were 3 days left of break, and I began to get a little sad that I hadn’t checked all of those things off my list. I felt like I missed out on Christmas.
Then on the 2nd day before the break ended, I came down with the flu. Hmmmm not exactly part of that crazy Christmas plan. I ended up on the couch for 4 days. It made me stop! It also made me start to think.
I do take a lot of joy from doing most of those things on that list above. When I couldn’t do all of those things, I began to think about where my joy comes from. Does it come from happy feelings about what is going on around me or does it come from who Jesus is and what He’s done for us?
I’m thankful for God meeting me where I am. I’m thankful that I had to slow down this Christmas and not do all those time consuming things on my list. I’m thankful that God reminded me that He is my all in all…that I can’t make my own joy or happiness. It comes from Him.