(I know I’m sneaking this in a day late. Shhh.)
I must admit that I haven’t been in the Christmas spirit very much. I love what Christmas is all about; however, I seriously dislike the pressure of buying gifts and all of that. It’s not that I’m ungenerous; I like giving things and attempting to make people happy. I just feel overwhelmed with the expectations to get it all perfect! Ugh. And I really hate shopping. Really hate it. I try to do as much online as I can, but then I also try to buy fair trade and shop small businesses. And anyway, bleah. It’s overwhelming for someone with my personality.
Now add into that my injured hand, and I couldn’t even decorate my own Christmas tree the way I wanted to. (I am not particular about a lot of things, but I am very particular about the lights on my tree. My husband and I have spent years fighting over this every Christmas till he let me take it over completely. About 15 light strands and many hours later, I was as happy as could be. This year, however, he had to do it again. And, well, these pictures are to remind me that I should be grateful it got done at all.)
(A picture from another year–this is the harp that Alatar sent me. I love it!)
To me, this is what Christmas is about, the birth of Christ, and I wish I could make myself focus on this more.
~ Lali (Sugarcreek Township, Ohio)