Our 2 1/2 year-old grandson got up this morning at 530 and padded down the hallway. His mom, hearing little feet, listened for their return up the hallway and back to his bed, but not another sound was heard. So, she quietly went to look for him. Had he fallen asleep on the couch with the dog maybe?
No, he was standing in the living room staring at the tree. “What are you doing, bud?” she asked quietly. “There’s no presents,” he answered. “No coal from Santa,” he said, big blue eyes filled with tears. My daughter laughed. “Christmas is tomorrow, kiddo. Today, we go back to sleep.”
I hope that on December 25, 2010, your day is filled with awe and wonder and joy. Gather your memories close and when the festivities are done, write a short story and tuck it away.
Or, include all those guests in writing a “round robin” just for the holiday. Start with “The night before Christmas…” and ask each person to add their own unique and different line. Will you end up with writing that rivals Dickens, or a witty and fun story that would suit Charlie Brown? Is there a kid’s table at your gathering? Give them their own prompt and put the oldest child in charge of capturing their tale. After dessert, share them with each other. Have a brand new video camera? Capture the fun. You could be the next winner of America’s Funniest Video!
Along with the food, family, friends, gifts, pictures, and chaos, be thankful. For the chance to spend time with those special to you; for the opportunities to celebrate your faith your way; for the grace, mercy, and hope that life is.
See you next week. Be safe – and keep writing!