A Different Kind Of Christmas
Eileen Renders December 2023
Christmas brings joy to us every year, remembering how it is Christ’s birthday. Although it has been commercialized through marketing and selling of expensive gifts, and wrapping in festive paper, who can deny the enjoyment we derive seeing our little ones on Christmas morning unwrapping those gifts that they trusted Santa Claus to deliver?
This year let us share our gift of love and empathy for those less fortunate than ourselves. If someone on our block has recently lost a loved one or is disabled and lives alone, why not invite that person to Christmas dinner with us?
It is good to remind ourselves how fortunate we are to have a family to celebrate with, and someone ready and able to cook a Christmas dinner. When we are excited about our own family and plans, and who is coming to dinner, let us take time out this year to consider whose face we might be able to bring a smile to. Maybe even a platter to take back home with them.
As adults, we have learned long ago that there is no Santa Claus unless we are willing to take on that role and practice the love and mercy that God has given to us. In giving we will always be receiving. For God will fill our hearts with great joy and gratitude as we bask in His great love! Owning a home today is a blessing with inflation, higher mortgage rates, and damaged homes with homeowners fighting for Insurance Companies to pay out on their claims. Those with families, good health, and a good job have very much to be grateful for.
A warm smile and an invitation to our less fortunate neighbors can be the candles in the dark that brighten up their day.