Season Reason The real one

Just a few short years ago (not really), we spent Christmas Eve (plus numerable other late nights) putting together toys, placing the proper stickers in the proper places, or other preparatory chores of love, getting ready for “The Big Night”, before “The Big Day”, Christmas day, when all those months of searching for just the right gifts, were greeted with huge grins, or squeals of joy, that expressed to us that we had done well. Those years were great, and we have great memories of the early morning paper ripping’s, and the smells of breakfast on the stove as the boys explored their new found treasures, and we made preparations to go to grandparents homes an start the package demolitions all over again.
Things change with time though. The boys are off with their own children now, doing similar things with them, as they did under our watch. Most of the grandparents have passed, and now Christmases are quieter, and much more spread out, instead of pretty much a one and a half day affair. We don’t begrudge the passing of the torches really, we just remember the younger days as maybe more “hands on” if you will, and find even a touch of pride in the fact that those feelings are presented to a new generation.
Although our personal Christmas “Season” has changed over the years, the purpose behind it, has not. We still celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus, the Christ child. We celebrate the fact that because a promise that God, the Father, made, thousands of years before, was finally fulfilled. We celebrate it for multiple reasons, one, because it proves that God keeps His word, and second, because today, we live under another promise, the promise that, because of the birth we so celebrate as Christians, we now know that through our faith in Him, and His eventual death on a cross, we shall have a forever home with Jesus, where life will never change, or we will never grow old.
Thank you God, and thank you Jesus, and “Merry Christmas“, to you Both, and an extended MERRY CHRISTMAS, to all my family and friends! May you find peace in the only one that can bring about, true peace, Jesus, the real reason, for this season!



While the candy is still being sorted through in the bottom of the bowl from Halloween, (leaving the least favorite for last, but to be consumed anyway), the rush to get our hard earned dollars first seems to ramp up faster each year. I remember the days as a youth, when Christmas seemed to take forever to even be talked about, let alone get here. While I fully understand the desire by retailers to be the first to grab my money, I wish they would at least have the consideration to do each Holliday in the order it comes on the calendar! To forgo the etiquette of the calendar is unforgivable! Leave us alone to finish our Halloween candy first, eat our turkey, that’s still in the freezer, or grocery store, and finish out Thanksgiving naps, and ball games, loosen our belts, and burp, before bombarding us with “THE DEAL OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON”!!!
No, I’m not a Scrooge, I just like to breathe between spending sprees, and finish taking down the decorations from last year, before starting it again!! “/