Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Countdown

We have one Christmas decoration up. In our defense, we have 3 cats. 3 cats who when after we lovingly decorated the Christmas tree last year took it upon themselves to dismantle, dismember, and break every item and eventually the tree itself. I'm really not exaggerating. This year, we have not attempted a tree. Instead, we have started a desensitization program for the cats in the form of one small decoration. It is looking rather ragged but it's still together.

Since there is no tree, there are no presents. There were a few presents, but those were taken to Volunteers of America for their Adopt a Family Program. The presents for the kids, are in the mail. Because work schedule eliminated malls from the program. Instead, Amazon was our best friend.

We love wrapping presents though!

Since there is no tree, there are no lights. The potential for a large vet bill prohibits those, along with the poinsettias, and other baubles and bows.

I however did arrange for a White Christmas again, so we're decorated outside anyway.

And I believe the Grinch said it best:

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."
- Dr. Seuss

Because, when you think about it, we all get lost in the hustle and bustle, finding the right gifts for people who will never remember what you got them anyway. Finding the perfect Christmas decoration when it's ok not to decorate. Searching always for the real meaning of Christmas instead of realizing that we already have it with us.

I am going to enjoy this week before Christmas, not with panic over what I haven't done (have I mentioned I haven't baked any Christmas candy yet?), but by being thankful for what I have, and what I try to give every day.

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