Well, Christmas is over. All the presents have been unwrapped and the fudge has been eaten and the relatives are all home. And, in our family at least, many unpleasant memories have been made. We sort of had a heck of a weekend. To keep things short, my aunt chopped off half her finger, my dad got food poisoning, and my mom backed the van into a tree. But, yeah, it was a great Christmas! 😉
We were sitting around with our cousins after we crashed into the tree in their driveway yesterday and mused over everything that went wrong this Christmas. No one was expecting my aunt to show up Christmas afternoon with a fully wrapped finger after having spent Christmas morning in the ER. Or that my dad would be awake all night throwing up oysters in the downstairs bathroom. Or that we would make the ungraceful exit of slamming into the big tree at the end of our cousins’ driveway. But, you know what, sometimes that kind of stuff just happens. When everything that can go wrong does, it just reminds you how blessed you are all 364 other, non-holy days of the year.
Several phone calls to relatives and insurance agents later, we made it home pretty safely. A little sleep deprived, a little cranky, but still alive and well. And then we ate a meal of four different types of vegetables (you have to know how much our extended family loves meat to appreciate how good this tasted) and mused about the true meaning of Christmas. How had such a peaceful Christmas mor/ning, complete with singing, and giving, and worshiping, ended in such a fiasco? We took a few minutes to pray, and thank God for getting us out alive, and to remind ourselves of the true spirit of Christmas. The peace and the joy we find in Christ.
So what did I learn this year? Well besides being permanently freaked out by oysters, knives, and trees, I learned that this is a season for slowing down, not speeding up. And what I missed out on last week by getting caught up in all the busyness and chaos, I hope to take time to appreciate this week. Because, with the car in the shop and everyone recovering from the crazy weekend, I doubt we’re going anywhere. 😉
How did everyone’s Christmases go?
P.S. Everyone please pray for my little sister Hannah this week. She got her wisdom teeth taken out this morning, and she’s going to be in a lot of pain for the next few days…