Saturday, December 18, 2010

Good Grife Charile Brown! Its Christmas!!

"And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid ... And the angel said unto them, "Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord."
"And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men."
"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." - Linus Van Pelt

While I don't consider myself a religious person per-say, While watching this movie the other evening got me thinking about the biggest reason I have been disappointed every Christmas since I was about 13 or so. No matter how I try to justify it to myself it comes down to presents. I didn't get what I wanted.  Oh poor me. Never mind that my rottenness was over looked and my love ones got me ANY thing at all, it wasn't what I wanted. My darling other half, with his inadvertent obsession led me to realize I must take in actions to be sure Zeke understands that christmas isn't all about getting presents. I hope to teach him giving is better then getting and if you give enough the getting is even sweeter. While I offer no advise to this nor do I have a great game plan. I think bringing back some age old traditions that have not been passed on to me is a great place to look. Such as looking at homemade gifts as a personal hand crafted treasure, a persons time is worth far more then their money, remembering to say thank you and writing it out (on a thank you card) so that it lingers in the mind remembering who made or got you what. And as the lesson prevails that a persons time is worth more then their money, a hand written thank you note is worth far more then an email. And taking time to make presents himself. Even at one with the help of myself Zeke is making everyone he loves a special something. 

I think that Charlie Brown, as young man, who is in search of himself has great lessons to teach this family. I have no one but my very own wonderful clueless boyfriend to thank for this. And it fills my heart to walk about my house and be grounded by reminders of the real meaning of the holiday season. A man's childhood obsession turned life lesson to his family.   

So thank you John, for helping remind me when I walk in the door. 
And when I see our big tree, I will forever be reminded of our first christmas together. 
And When I look in the living room, 

Our Charlie Brown tree reminds me it's about My FAMILY 

Not the "stuff"
So Unto my dear readers, I hope you find time in your life to remember to be thankful for your family, and that giving is more fulfilling then getting. I wish you all a wonderful holiday, and a fantastic new year. 

1 comment:

  1. you are so right. to start early in teaching kids what the holidays are really about couldnt be more important. family and love and fun rituals and not a bunch of plastic crap. amen. happy solstice to you and your fam, sweet thang!