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A Time of Anticipation, A Time of Joy

As I lay here, I am thinking about the original holiday…the birth of Jesus. What I am thinking about is the sense of anticipation that all must have had just as people have a sense of anticipation today. Mary anticipating this special son, Joseph anticipating his special son , the shepherds anticipating the Savior, the wise men anticipating the long-awaited arrival of the King that they carried gifts to.

“Anticipation, or being enthusiastic, is an emotion involving pleasure, excitement, and sometimes anxiety  in considering some expected or longed-for good event.”  Wikipedia

I believe anticipation is the most joyous parts of life.  We have dreams and the anticipation that precedes them is such an exciting time especially at the holidays. Sometimes what the dreams result in can be a let down but the anticipation was still a joyous time.

Christmas is a time of anticipation for everyone no matter your reason for celebrating the holidays. For my family, it is the anticipation of being together, cooking together and enjoying a special time. We ceased with the big commercial, consumer Christmas years ago.  I reached a point that I decided that going in debt spending money on piles of gifts that are soon broken, tossed aside, or forgotten in a few months time was absolutely what I did not want the holidays to mean. I wanted it to be memories of being together..to be something that my kids and grandchild could pull from years from now and say “I remember being with Mom” instead of trying to remember “what Mom gave me”.

As the anticipation and excitement mounts today…Christmas Eve…I find that focusing on the family and loved ones I will be in touch with and be with and even Skype with are the most exciting times of my day today and tomorrow. And the meal that Mama sent and that son will fix and we will share together is the highlight. Because of having just got back from Denver…we will not be doing the big cooking together but we will still enjoy eating together and that is important.

Sometimes anticipation can cause us to set expectations that are too high and we can end up too disappointed and the holiday is ruined. If we can keep our anticipation on the joy of being together and not on what present we will get or who will give us what…then we will not feel let down.

Maybe what I am saying is if we take all the commercialism out of the holidays and enjoy loved ones and family and family of choice and the holiday spirit, the holidays would be happier. I spent many a Christmas alone…just me and my Jack…because son had to work the holidays and so  I would go deliver meals, come back and fix myself a plate and turn on the Christmas specials, turn on all my holiday lights and enjoy this beautiful holiday…yes alone…and I did enjoy the day.  And then son and I would have Christmas on another day.

Life is what you make it. Whether you think you can or you think you can not…you will be right. And if you think you can not have a happy holiday because you have no money, no family, no friends, whatever….you will be right. And if you think and believe you can have a happy holiday and enjoy it no matter what obstacle comes your way…you will.

Merry Christmas to you all and I send prayers for a joyous coming year. …may it bring you love, happiness and peace.

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December 24, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Amen

    Comment by Dayna McCleery | December 24, 2012 | Reply


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