Christmas 2008 was a hard one for us. That year, I will never forget the Christmas tree sitting without presents under it. I won't forget the feeling of failure both on my part and on Stephen's. I mean, we really hadn't failed, but we had not planned for him being out of work — and my small income was not enough to make a dent in anything we needed.
However, it was during that year that we rediscovered what Christmas was all about.
It's funny, because as I think back now, that was the happiest we had ever been. We found ways to enjoy each other — and the holiday season — without spending an arm an a leg. Here are just a few of the things that we did that year.
- Baked goodies for our friends at church to give as gifts
- Watched Christmas movies together and made homemade popcorn
- We read books late into the night while snuggled under the covers
- When it snowed, we went outside and had a snowball fight
- We took a tour of our town's Christmas lights in pajamas while drinking hot chocolate
- We invited friends over to celebrate the season with us
- We played board games
- We found new recipes to cook for our dinnertime festivities
- We made sure that we told each other every single day that we loved one another
Even though things are better off now, sometimes I wonder if those times when we have less mean more to us than those times we have an overabundance of things. It's really all in how you look at it.
I am not sure what you are going through this holiday season. It could be a loss of a job, no money for presents, or the loss of a loved one. Find one thing through all of your pain that will help you see the positive in what is going on in your life. It helps. It soothes. It teaches you that through all things, God is still in control.