I am still blessed to have two children who fully believe in Santa Claus and one on the fence who is fighting the reality with all she has.
This year as they wrote out their Christmas lists the theme became evident…they are getting older. My 10 year old's list consisted of 6 things- all electronic. The 13 year old was all about giving up on anyone being able to figure out her "style", so gift cards to every store she loves or the last one- just a visa gift card so she can save “Santa” time. And my baby, the 8 year old, chose to dig through the Toys R Us catalog and write down pretty much all the stuff she never knew she wanted until she opened that book.
Then this, the week before Christmas, we happened to walk through Macys and passed the Big Red Santa Mailbox; the place that in past Christmas seasons we would venture to so the kids could mail their letters to Santa.
As we walked by it, the panic began to set in for the 8 year old, “Mom we need to mail our letters, it's almost Christmas.”
“We will honey don't worry, I said.”
Then two days later, she said, “We haven't mailed our letters yet.”
My immediate response at that time was, admittedly first out of panic then out of laziness not wanting to battle mall traffic, “I already emailed them.”
Riley, “What? You can't email them.”
“Oh yes I can, I sent it to firstname.lastname@example.org”
Then a pause as I waited for that to register. I added, “It's modern times. Santa checks his email, no problem, he has your list.”
Silence filled the room.
Thinking to myself, “they bought it!” Crisis averted.
Today’s Santa and the kids are quite techy and so progress gives hope to the burnout Santa helpers who just can't keep up with the busyness around this time. So just email it!! www.northpole.com
The holiday season is a wonderful joyous time with friends and family. As we go through life and are blessed to have so many joyous holidays, there will be a few times where the holiday won’t go so smoothly. There will be years where a loved one will be missed or when times are tough and being creative is the theme for getting gifts. As we look around and see the happy moments of the season, for the ones who are experiencing hard times, the key is to recognize that this too shall pass. And that by having hope you will be able to hold your head up and eventually experience change.
This year has turned out to be the toughest year of my life emotionally, mentally, financially, and physically. Finding my spiritual purpose has also challenged me but has been what has helped me grow in my faith to learn more about who I am and what I believe. The low points of the last year were always balanced with a glimpse of hope that change would come and that would keep me going. This holiday is one of those years with so much change it makes it difficult to see past, but I know it will pass and it will be as it should be.
God has made sure I see the hope and this time it came in the shape of a gift. I received a beautiful keepsake box with an engraved dove holding an olive branch. A dove is a symbol of peace and hope like used in the story of Noah’s Ark. When it seemed there would be no end to the flood, he sent the dove out with hope to find land. The dove returned with a branch which symbolized that change was coming.
Hope can be found in the simplest forms during some of the most difficult times.
Hope is in the smile of a child.
Hope is in the compassion from a friend.
Hope is in the kindness of a stranger.
Hope is in feeling that we are all from the same source and have a common goal.
Hope is in that burst of emotion that helps you keep your eyes on the light at the end.
Hope is in the knowing that you will get through the tough times.
Hope is in giving and receiving with Love.
Much Love and Hope.
And a Merry Christmas to everyone!