Here it is...December 23rd and I am still waiting for the Ho Ho Ho part to roll around. *smile* This year has been a weird one for me. Since I started a part-time job at Ghirardelli Chocolate (a great place to work, btw) my days--and so my time schedule--are all screwed up.
I work all day at writing. In November alone I had four different edits to do. Then in the evenings, four days a week, I head to the part-time job. I also have other responsibilities too. And I have to make time for my hunkie hottie Jonathon as well as my kids when they come around.
All in all, trying to do everything isn't easy. Something had to give and this year it was Christmas. I didn't mean to. It was just that I woke up one day and BOOM, it was two weeks before Christmas and I hadn't a thing done. We put up our tree in stages, and the kids helped me put a few decorations out, but it isn't the same as I usually do.
Christmas to me is important. I'm a Christian, so it's not just about Santa. It's the story about the Son of God. And because of that, it really bugs me that I wasn't into it as much this year. I love to reflect on my faith and what the last year has been about. Doing so has been a part of Christmas for as long as I can remember.
Luckily, I have the December 22 - December 26 off from Ghirardelli and so I can take some extra time with my family as well as some quiet time with God to put things in perspective. This whole year has been strange, joyous and hard in many different ways. I am excited to see what happens in 2009.
Christmas means many things to many people and I think it's cool that most people allow the different faiths and beliefs to intermingle at this time of year. After all, peace on earth isn't just something to toss off and not mean. It's a fervent wish for many of us.
And so I wish you all a joyous, love-filled Christmas holiday. Whether you celebrate my faith and pray to baby Jesus, look up the chimney for Santa, light a traditional set of candles for Hanukkah, enjoy the seven day festival of Kwanzaa, or any other special celebration that is out there, I hope your day(s) are fraught with that wonder that we all should have at this time of year.
God Bless You All!