And so I have been super busy these past couple of weeks up until Christmas. It no longer seems as relevant as it did in my childhood. I normally immerse myself in seasonal music and spend a lot of time preparing and making all the gifts for my loved ones.
I make a few extra every year and have no problem selling them for a moderate price. This Christmas shop ritual has become a tradition and I do it like Santa, always running a bit late and deliver on Christmas eve.
Christmas traditions are great and I think that most families have adopted their share over the years. This Santa shop I’ve been doing now four years running and as you can see I’ve been super busy. These are just a few of the things I make for Christmas gifts and sales.
I try very hard to be feeling the season and generate that Christmas feeling each year but it seems to get tougher and tougher each year. With the shopping frenzy and the sheer lack of care smothered in commercialism, Christmas doesn’t seem to feel the same or represent what it once did.
Of course we all love Christmas dinner and pie, but what about the spirit of Christmas? Is he, or she, alive and well? I often wonder what it means to many people and often reflect on what it means to me.
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ that bloomed into a bigger celebration for family and loved ones to revel in each other and be thankful. Christmas is the time of year everyone comes home and spends real family time. For generations this has been our tradition.
The Christmas I enjoyed in my childhood tho has been poisoned by corporatism and has become more of The Christmas Monster than the joyous time of year I appreciated as a kid. Leave it to corporation to poison Christmas (like they do everything else).
For many people, Christmas is just another day of work when they should be home with their families. I suppose it must be nice to be able to run out and catch someone working at the store and buy what you need. It might also be nice if you would be better prepared and not need the store. Let those people have their holiday too. Insane concept I know right?
And so, back to family.
It’s been a while since this Christmas picture was taken and since we have had the holidays together like we did back then. Our family drifted, as many do, with the loss of our grandmother. Things are certainly not the same but the ideals are still good.
Feel blessed for what you have and appreciate your loved ones while you have them. Christmas isn’t about presents and trinkets, it’s about love, family and wondrous homecomings. Don’t forget the message of old Mr Scrooge. Love your fellow man and be blessed.
May your holiday be filled with old fashioned Christmas cheer.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.