December 20, 2008 – It’s Already Here

Well can you believe that Christmas is just a few days away?  It seems like we just had Thanksgiving and here we are.  I am proud to say that I think I pretty much have all of my shopping done – now I need to get everything wrapped and ready to go.  One of the signs of Christmas for me is that it seems to be the time that I come down with a cold, and this year has proven no different, but we’ll muddle through.

I enjoy the Christmas season for many reasons, and one of them is that there just seems to be a different feel to this time of year than any other.  People seem to be a little more upbeat and generous, and it is a time to kind of push aside whatever problems we are facing and enjoy the moment.  It has a way of bringing out the best in people.

One of the biggest surprises I ever got occurred on Christmas.  To most people it wouldn’t seem like a big deal, but to me it is still one of my most cherished memories.  In 1998 I had purchased my first “real” computer system (you knew that if it was one of my stories that it would involve a computer), complete with monitor, printer and the works.  In my room at the time I had just a small study desk that I crammed this system on.  My Mom and I were at Wal-Mart one day and I saw a computer desk that would work perfectly for my system, and I remarked to her that when Christmas was over, I was going to take some of my Christmas gift cards or money and buy that desk.  I thought nothing of this remark at the time.  Now let me preface this story and say that I love my Mom and Dad to death, but let’s just say that they were not the most “spontaneous” people.  What you saw was what you got.  Surprises were not their thing.

So anyway, a few days before Christmas I went and did some last-minute shopping, thinking the whole time that Mom and Dad were at home doing their normal daily routine.  Then Christmas Day arrives – I got out of bed and got dressed and Mom and Dad were nowhere to be found.  The only thing that pops into my mind is that they are out doing some kind of farmwork – it is just Christmas after all.  But then I see Dad coming up to the house with his yard tractor and this big box in the bucket and I’m thinking “What in the @#$% is this?”  I go out to see that it is the computer desk that I had pointed out to Mom a few weeks earlier.  Now as I said, to most people this story doesn’t carry a lot of weight, but for me, this was equal to our Governor admitting he’s guilty, this was like the Cubs winning a World Series, this was like the church letting priests marry.  This was a monumental event that I knew I would not see the likes of again.  So as I type my blog this morning, I am on a different computer now but am still at that same computer desk, and my Christmas spirit comes alive with that one seemingly simple gesture.

I’m sure you have your own memories of a special Christmas, or a Christmas tradition that you always look forward to.  But of course our main focus should be on the resason we celebrate in the first place.  One of my favorite singers, Faith Hill, has a new song out called “A Baby Changes Everything.”  It outlines the amazing story of Christ’s birth.  Who could dream up something like this – a teenage girl asked by an angel to be the Mother of God’s Son; a simple carpenter facing the ridicule of having a fiancee’ who was pregnant, having to go to a strange place only to find that there was no room to stay.  Giving birth in a stable, then being visited by shepherds and astrologers bearing gifts.  Wow, no wonder the Christmas season is so different than any other!

As you gather with your family this Christmas, I wish you a joyous holiday season.  May the newborn Jesus bestow His abundant blessings upon you.  May you be safe in your travels, and let us not forget the real meaning of the season.  Thank you again for reading my blog each week and supporting our parish in so many ways.  Celebrate well, and let us of course keep in our prayers our women and men in uniform who will be away from their families this Christmas.  Peace.


One Response to “December 20, 2008 – It’s Already Here”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Great story about your computer desk!
    –Aunt Rose

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