Tis The Season


Blue Spruce

Country MoonTis the season to shop till you drop, write endless greeting cards, bake cookies, go caroling, wrap presents … the list goes on and on. Whoa!

It’s been said time and again that we all need to slow down and enjoy the spirit of the season, and we all try even though we don’t know exactly how to go about it. I think this year I will trim my Christmas card list, but as I write each card, I think what a joy that person is in our lives. So it is with each name on the list.

Each year I vow I will not make so many cookies to share, I will buy a wreath instead of making my own, and give gift cards instead of shopping for each individual. But all of these things have become tradition, and tradition is what ties us to family, friends and each other.

So, how do we break the ties with all the commercialism of the season and get back to the true reason for the season? I am reminded of the tale of the little evergreen tree…

Once there was a tiny Scotch pine that stood with all of its relatives on the big tree farm. It watched year after year as people would come to pick out their Christmas tree and pass it over for a bigger and better tree. It was still at the age where it could be dug up, enjoyed as a holiday tree and then re-planted.

12/27/2017 7:45:01 AM

Lois, this post so describes what the season has become. Hurry, hustle, bustle, buy, bake, decorate all make for an exhausting month. The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas slip by in the twinkling of an eye and the Holly Jolly festivities are soon over with the New Year in our face. Memories of Christmas as a child are precious for me. I have to agree that the relationship part of the Thanksgiving/Christmas season has been slowly slipping away. The family gatherings, board or card games, and conversations are becoming a Hallmark TV movie instead of reality. Yes, there are sparks of hope here and there in family gatherings still today and I hope that yours is still one of them. I hope you had the best ever Christmas and have a great New Year. Nebraska Dave

12/22/2013 9:01:42 AM

Lois, the shopping is done, the cards have all been sent, the presents are wrapped, and dinner plans for Christmas have been made. Now it's time to kick back and enjoy the season. The season has indeed lost its true meaning. Back Friday, hustle, bustle, frantic shopping, and over spending has replaced the second biggest event in the history of mankind. The first being Easter. I'm glad to hear that you will be taking a media vacation to enjoy family and friends. I will be blessed with a nine year old grandson for the next two weeks as school take a break for Christmas. We have many things planned which includes sledding down the school house hill. Most people are quite satisfied with no snow for Christmas but I'm praying that a good snow will come because Bradley, the nine year old, will be getting a new sled for Christmas. ***** Have a great media vacation day and a wonderful Christmas season celebration.

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