This year, I admit, it has been a struggle for me . . . yes, me . . . Miss Christmas . . . always one of the first to decorate – always singing the great carols of days gone by. Not this year.
Last year, our new kitten was fascinated by our tree and ended up destroying it – we did not replace it.
This year I was dealing with various health issues that kept me from even decorating my windows (I usually paint them with “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”, Snowflakes, Bells, etc.) . . . then, when we went to get our lights and items to put up around the inside of the house we discovered that our outside storage area had been so badly damaged that water had gotten in, thus causing mold to destroy all things inside – so into the dumpster they went!
On top of all of that . . . four people close to my heart are no longer present in this world but in the next, all within the course of a three-week time span . . . add to that the songs I am hearing all around me are NOT the songs I have such fond memories of singing but similar with ‘added’ twists and/or completely different lyrics and/or melodies, plus the newer songs which almost hurt my heart altogether . . . needless to say, it has been difficult for me to GET into the usual ‘feel’ of Christmas . . . until late yesterday afternoon, when my beloved husband put this YouTube video on for me while I was preparing our supper . . . ah . . . down memory lane I went.
Memories of years spent up in the upper mid-west, snow falling, walking down streets dressed in our long coats, hats, scarves, mufflers, singing Christmas carols, others joining in, stopping in front of stores, houses, people bringing out hot chocolate, or hot cider, it was such a joy-filled time. Everyone celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior! Peace on Earth, good will toward ALL! Even in the malls . . . this type of music was played, people would sing along, smiling at one another, some gathering around a live piano player, singing at the top of their voices while young ones played together, such a wonderful time – not anything like the malls today, loud, rushed, fighting . . . sigh . . . people forget that it is JESUS we celebrate!
JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!