Christmas cheer

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Me being weird while shopping. Tis the season!

This season I’ve allowed myself to be smothered.

I’m not sure why or by
what really. Just everything! I didn’t send out Christmas cards or
deliver my Christmas gifts to friends. I didn’t check off ALL of the
lines on my To Do list. But here’s what I did do:

I made choices.

I
chose to forgo things I’d liked to have done for things it seemed I had
to do.

I had a very hard time feeling the Christmas spirit. I was no
baahumbug mind you, I was just not feelin’ it. During all of the hustle,
bustle and business I decided to remember. I decided to see the
necessity in something I wanted to do. It wasn’t on the list of things that had to be done but it was the most worthwhile things that could be done.

While
I was returning some table clothes to a cupboard at church I found a
stack of Christmas cards that were to be delivered along with gifts to a
retirement home. The gifts had already been given out but the cards had
been left behind. These cards were time sensitive. I couldn’t hand
out Christmas cards after Christmas! I took the cards with me and put it
on the list of things I’d like to do.

Amidst
a busy, rainy, cold day filled with errands to be run I found the stack
of cards. I was waiting in the car and going over my list when I saw
the stack sitting next to me. I had a van full of kids and a list a mile
long and all I wanted to do was deliver these cards.

So I did.

I turned
the car on and drove straight to the facility. My kids and brother and I
greeted each resident, wished them a Merry Christmas and left a
card with them.

Simple.

No one would know if I had just decided to skip
it. Save the cards for next year. But I wanted
to. I was blessed and the recipients were as well. As we left my Grace looked up and said “can we make more cards and come back tomorrow? I
think there were people sleeping and we didn’t get to visit them.”

She’s a girl after my own heart. And I freely give it to her.

It was my most important thing I did that day because I chose it to be important. It was no longer a busy day or a stressful day. It was a wonderful day after that.

I’m always grateful for a mood changer.

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