LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
My name is Virginia. My mother wrote to you in 1947 with a question regarding Christmas. You really helped her. I also have a question regarding Christmas. I hope you can also help me.
It’s early afternoon Christmas Day. The Christmas Feast has been devoured and presents have been ripped opened and flung around the room. The kitchen is piled with dirty dishes, the only remnants of the Holiday Meal . The trash is overflowing. Wrapping and boxes are strewn about the family room and my wonderful family that I love is lying around in a food coma.
I have spent over a month preparing for this. Worked over-time to get Christmas cash. Dug my toes in to keep from sliding off the roof as I hung over the gutter stringing lights. I fought with the dogs to leave the tree alone that I tramped out in the cold to get and spent an afternoon decorating. I got up early last week to go to the supermarket before the crowds and purchase all the ingredients for the meal. I mixed, baked, thawed and cook for the last three days. Dragged piles of bags and packages like a homeless person from store to store on a quest to find the perfect gifts. Stayed up late at night and trolled Amazon hoping to find those last few gifts with two-day shipping. Too sum it up, I’m exhausted!
And now here I am. The credit card bills haven’t even arrived and in a couple of hours it’s done? The meal was eaten, the presents opened and it’s over? It’s over other than climbing back on the roof to take the lights down in the January cold and spending a weekend un-decorating and cleaning the house. Over except the next three hours cleaning dishes and picking up the house as my family snoozes.
IS THIS ALL??????
IS THIS THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS???????
PLEASE TELL ME THERE IS MORE.
REPLY FROM THE EDITOR:
I want to refer to two experts in this field to answer your question.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night, and lo the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid, and the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior, tis Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.”