Thursday, December 6, 2007
Journal Your Christmas, Day 4
Today we were asked to journal what we thought was the perfect Christmas. I decided to take one from my childhood and now as an adult. The journaling reads: As a child, my idea of the perfect Christmas
was receiving all that was on my wish list.
Toys, toys and more toys were a top priority.
This year (1973) I got my dream gift…a
Barbie Townhouse. I was so thrilled.
I loved to receive new pajamas each Christmas
Eve and loved putting them on to go to bed to
dream about Santa. I looked forward to
spending the day with my cousins and having
fun just being together.
What I did not realize was this would be the
last year that I would have a “perfect” family
to share Christmas. In the Spring my parents
would divorce and we would spend the rest of
our Christmases as two separate families.
As an adult, my perfect Christmas is being
surrounded by family and friends. Everyone
gathering at my home on Christmas Eve and
enjoying the spirit of the season. The kids
excited and hearts filled with joy. The sound
of laughter and the feeling of love.
When my guests leave, I prepare for the arrival
of Santa and then head off to midnight mass alone.
As I sit in the home of Jesus, he enters my heart
and I am at peace. I enjoy the sounds of the trio
of opera singers and listen to the true word. As
I leave the snow is falling and the night is so still.
My children awake early on Christmas morning,
and their sounds of laughter echo through my
home and I know that Christmas day has arrived.