It seems like this entire year has found me constantly running behind, in almost every aspect of my life. It has been a chaotic, unpredictable, rough and tumble year for Boymom and my family! So it seems fitting that I should end the year like I started, frantically trying to pull together a Holiday blog post before the year ends and I miss the opportunity to thank my friends, family and my wonderful readers for sticking with me and coming back here from time to time to read my...stuff.
So...how was your Christmas? Ours, although hectic, ended up being a pretty good Christmas. This year we really tried to focus more on the spiritual aspects of the holiday and less on the gift giving (lack of money was how that idea started, we decided to run with it!). The gifts we did give were a lot more practical than in years past and thanks to the generosity of friends, family and a Secret Santa, the boys got more than they (or we) expected. By the end of Christmas Day, I was feeling pretty grateful and extremely blessed.
I think this year, more so than any in the recent past, I truly felt the Spirit of Christmas in my own heart. Maybe because I quit focusing on what we didn't have and what wasn't working and started focusing on what I could give back. It was a joy and a pleasure to watch my boys get excited about our own Secret Santa project, which didn't amount to a whole lot of money, but definitely showed my boys that there are people in the world who are so much worse off than we are. Little Man almost broke into tears when he realized that there are people who literally have nothing other than the clothes on their backs. Listening to him pray that night for the well-being of a stranger we met who was living under a tree in a park is a Christmas experience his dad and I will cherish the rest of our lives.
I'm glad we took the time to help my boys understand that it's not about the gifts. It's about being a good human being during a season when we celebrate the birth of one of the greatest beings ever to walk the earth.
(Ignore the tighty whities and focus on the Nativity, please. The nativity set, people!!!
Merry Christmas, my dear bloggy friends. Thank you for your wonderful examples, your kind and caring words, your generosity of spirit and good will. You have made a difference in this Boymom's life.