It's time to lose your mind and let the crazy out.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


The whole commercialism of Christmas really has me thinking this year. Maybe it started with the story about the worker who was trampled at Walmart on black Friday. That image really disgusts me. What's wrong with people? Then I watched both versions of the Grinch on tv, and even the Grinch can figure it out. I thought I would be more excited this year. Maybe it's because her birthday and Christmas fall so close together. What does she need? Nothing. She would like a new toy or two. I think she'd look cute in a new outfit or two. Maybe it's because I never carry cash anymore, so I have no money to give to the bell ringers. Maybe it would help if I went to mass a Sunday or two. Maybe it's because our financial status is a little overwhelming right now. Maybe it's because we're really busy right now, and we haven't had too many minutes to relax and enjoy this beautiful season. I really do like Christmas. I'm not sure I love it. I'm not sure it's the most wonderful time of the year. I do think it could be better, and that doesn't include more presents. I need to find a way to show Cecilia that Jesus is the reason for the season, not Santa, not the tree or the cookies or the shopping or the hurried opening of all the presents. I need to do some more soul searching and research and one of my chores for next year (while juggling two babies instead of just one) is to find a way to volunteer my time or energy or to somehow spread the Christmas love.



  • At 2:02 PM, December 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I enjoy Christmas more each year. After I met and married Joe Christmas became something magical-- all of it from the shopping to Santa to Jesus- all one festive cookie filled sparkly thing. As the kids got older the meaning of Christmas moved from story books and the creche to the advent candle and lighting it every night and talking about the journey towards Jesus' birth. I think those things have helped to bring the spirit into the season.
    A special memory I have is how much your mom loved Christmas and how special it was to her... I try to remind myself of that and to develop that with the kids.
    Merry Christmas, Amanda

  • At 10:04 AM, December 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i say don't sweat it for a few more years. cecilia is too young to understand any of it. think about what & how you will instill all those good things in your kids when the time comes.(or think about it & figure out what you really want to say until then) than enjoy just dressing her up cute in those few new things & watch her lite up when playing with those few new toys. i think you're right, they don't need much, and everyone else ends up getting them so much. (don't forget to put a few things back for when she gets sick of the new things...) enjoy these years when you can get away cheap-you've got till 3 or 4 years old if you can keep them away from tv...christmas is more magical with kids, it's like reliving your own childhood in some ways, but even better. you get to orchastrate how you want it to work & its meaning for your little family. plus with it being cecilia's bday, a good time to dwell on all the good things you have now & look forward to the next year with twice the fun!
    ok, i'm rambling, you've got everything under control, as always. you're amazing! love you guys-see ya soon!


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