When I started writing this blog this morning I was tired and grouchy and had allowed my Christmas spirit to be sucked out of me by a snoring, sleep talking husband and an early morning recorder/chanter duet. I was all Grinch and every word I had written was dripping with Bah-Humbug. I didn't post that entry because seriously the last thing anyone needs in the middle of the chaos of Christmas Eve Eve (as the kids call it) is another miserable cynical loud mouth spreading their negativity far and wide. So I didn't post it.
I went to Walmart instead.
I know it seems like a crazy decision for someone already on the brink of Holiday cheerocide (official definition is one who kills the holiday cheer of others), but I went and I took the kids with me. Even for a small town Walmart the place was a zoo. There were carts and strollers everywhere, kids were whining in multiple languages and parents were looking tired and haggard...just like me.
We survived the Walmart experience and as we were heading home Dude put on his favourite Christmas CD, Barenaked for the Holidays. The Barenaked Ladies bring their usual quirk and wit to some standard holiday favourites as well as a few offerings of their own creation. As we zipped down the highway listening to the plight of disgruntled elves my grinchiness began to dissipate and by the time we made it back to our town I was humming along to a tune about three ships but it was the next song that sharply reminded me about what this season truly means. Funny enough for this Christian gal, its a Hanukkah song.
One verse talks about how easy it is to forget the blessings we have at this time of year because we get caught up in the noise of the season. I'm not sure what the blessing they sing means but in my heart, as I navigated through the snowy streets of our little town, I sang of the blessings we have this year. The new home, community and school we have become a part of. The health and success are children have found here, the friends and family who have loved and supported us through this hectic year and the gift of Jesus Christ and the love and hope He brings to us daily.
This is the season to celebrate the light, love and blessings we have.
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!
PS - I know Hanukkah was earlier this month...but its still the season of light and hope to me.