Do you feel it?
The month is almost over and the year is drawing to an end as well. Hard to believe. Seems like only yesterday it was January 1, 2012.
Every year, I feel this way, and every year I say the same thing.
Where does the time go?
I don't recall these feelings being so strong when I was child. Then every thing was wonderful, exciting. I had stars in my eyes and candy cane dreams. I waited to hear the jingle of reindeer hooves on my roof and could barely sleep just thinking about getting to that tree the next morning.
I decorate my tree and my house, I do my Christmas shopping and work on my Christmas cards (which I'm procrastinating more over each year) and sometimes I can find myself getting melancholy during a time when I'm supposed to be happy.
I watch Christmas movies until I see tinsel in my dreams, hoping to catch a bit of the manufactured joy.
But I find myself missing friends and family. If let my thoughts go I can find myself all tied up in the woe is me of the Season.
I find myself tearing up and getting frustrated.
It's then I have to stop and take stock of the reason why I do all these things. Why I feel this way? What does Christmas really mean?
Do you ever find yourself there? Does the hustle and bustle of the season leave you drained.
As a gift I wanted to share the Christmas excerpt from my book Then There Was Grace. I hope your are reminded of the reason for the season, and are gifted with a renewed joy.
Read through, then please share what Christmas means to you or a Christmas memory.