Its December. Almost Christmas time. It’s that time of year when some people kind of go crazy. And you might immediately start thinking of the crazy Shoppers and people who decorate everything that’s not tied down.
But I’m talking about people like me. There’s just something about this time of year that makes some people depressed and I’m in that group. Not sure exactly why. Part of it is the stress of the expectation of gifts to give. Making the list of family members that you haven’t seen in a while but that you might be expected to share gifts with. Add to that money problems and just the stress of the Season. Extra people, extra hustle and bustle, it’s just a different mood , part excitement, part anticipation and if you are not one who enjoys crowds. a definite claustrophobic atmosphere.
Thoughts go towards decorating for Christmas and putting up trees and lights just to make sure that you are able to experience the Christmas season. But it’s also a busier time at work for those who have to deal with the hustle and bustle, and that causes extra stresses.
Like many people, I lost my father and my sister in the fall, so those particular years were experienced with that missing family member, and perhaps that’s part of what stews around in the subconscious and affects how I look at this time of year.
Sometimes you step back and watch the craziness, the crowds, the last-minute shopping, and see the consumerism and don’t notice that there are extra smiles, extra laughter, the excitement and anticipation of children, and choirs singing carols. But in the hustle and bustle, and the fun, and the excitement, and the shopping, and the people, and the running, and the stresses, we tend to forget it’s supposed to be about Jesus.
I first noticed how difficult it was for me to feel involved, and enjoy the sacredness of the season and the special awe that it brings, when I became too handicapped to participate in the church choir like I used to. I so enjoyed singing, and bringing joy to others with the music and the special programs at that time of year, and participation in the preparation for Christmas Eve Mass.
I have always been somewhat of a hermit, but being home bound isolates even more. So, I have not been out in the world to see the Christmas lights, the Christmas decorations everywhere, or experience or feel the excitement or the anticipation. To stay involved, to participate, I will have to work a little harder, dig out those Christmas stories, send out some Christmas cards, and read the Christmas story about the birth of Jesus once again.
Enjoy the season. Enjoy the Christmas carols. Enjoy the pageants and the children’s programs. Try to notice and relish the spirit of giving that is alive for a short time. Remind yourself Who the season is about, read the Christmas story once again. Go to Church. Get closer to God. It is all what makes this time of year so special. Don’t let it pass you by.