Monday, December 22, 2008

'Tis the Season

Merry Christmas! I hope that you have not been run ragged with all the holiday "chores" that we think need to be done for the "perfect" holiday! I don't want to be preachy, but I think we should all spend more time in church (or wherever you worship) to remind us what is really important. Let's really analyze what we need to do, versus what we think has to be done. Will the world stop turning if the cards don't get mailed, the cookies don't get baked, presents don't get wrapped, or decorations put up? With the beading business filling our days, we didn't think we would get our tree up this year, but Mina had some things to say about that! So we compromised, we put up the tree, our stockings, and the Christmas quilt Chris' Grandma gave us several years ago. That did make the house more festive. When decorating the tree, we put up the most meaningful ornaments, and left the rest in the box. I didn't put the beaded garland on the tree, just the lights and ornaments, and it is very pretty. I did get my cards/letters done, I do enjoy receiving card and letters from friends and family. Chris and Mina made some cookies for a couple Girl Scout things that needed snacks. The presents (fewer this year, we just don't need anything) are wrapped and under the tree. Yesterday, we spent a great deal of the day at church, bringing into focus what is really important. I was lector and Chris ushered, then in the afternoon, Mina was a narrator for the Christmas program. It was very cute. I really enjoy the peace that settles over me in church. On Saturday, Mina had program practice in the morning, so Chris and I ran to Hastings to drop off penguin earrings for Graham Gallery (they sold out!), and stopped quick for breakfast at McDonald's. Those poor workers. I have never been witness to so many surly, grumpy, horrid people that early in the morning. One guy, who's order wasn't typed in quite right, stood and berated the gal behind the counter until the manager stepped in and took care of it, giving his breakfast (and the guy he was with) for free. Did he say thank you? No, of course not. I felt so bad for the gal behind the counter. There was another couple that were almost as bad, and after being snotty to the cashier, Chris witnessed them being snotty to each other. I just don't understand being that unpleasant all the time, when it is just as easy (though sometimes difficult) to be polite, smile, and say please and thank you. I think we all learned those words as small children. My greatest wish for you, my devoted blog readers, is that you have peace and comfort this holiday season. Take a deep breath, say a little prayer, and slap that smile on your face. Enjoy the little things around you, and try to not remember the ugly ones! Merry Christmas!


Angie said...

Merry Christmas, Stephanie. Wonderful post -- and beautiful jewelry and beads the last several posts (as usual)!

Pixybug Designs said...

Thanks Angie! Merry Christmas! Peace to you and your family!

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