Tuesday, November 18, 2008

'Tis the Season

Christmas Pageant 2007

Christmas is just around the corner. The stores have had their decorations up already for a month now, while we scramble here and there, racking our brains on what to buy our dear ones.
Thank goodness, my kids are grown, so the many trips to the toy stores are out. Of course, they are not yet into the shirt and tie gifts yet either. T-Shirts, DVD's, video games, and perhaps if my budget allows, maybe "rock band." But this blog is really not about what I need to buy, but what I really should be doing for the Christmas holidays. So many lose the concept of Christmas as a time of giving, not receiving.
This year especially, that thought should be in the minds of so many, while the recession which we have been hearing about for months on the news, is finally hitting home. Just yesterday, one of our very own Blogger's was hit with the news that her husband will be losing his job before the holidays. What a devestation to them, as they now realize, Christmas will not be a joyous day of opening presents stacked high under the tree. Perhaps a few gifts will prevail, but the reality is, what they will find among the many cards arriving in their mailbox will be the many bills that will be mounting up, while they try to figure out to sort all of this. When this person told us all last evening about what is forthcoming for her holidays as her husband had just come home, it hit many of us hard. It could be anyone of us in her position.
Last night was my first experience on "Blockhead Radio", which I will talk about in another blog; but the plight of one of our Blogger's came up. My heart swelled as everyone immediately rushed to her shop to buy something, helping to boost sales and money, maybe enough to get them started down that long road ahead of them. Since I also knit and crochet (which I have done long before I started making my jewelry) I have so many half skeins of wool, of which some never used, are just sitting there waiting to be created into something. My thought was since this Blogger does crochet, she probably uses a lot of yarn, something which will now be a luxury to buy; was to send all my extra yarn to her so that she can continue her craft, and possibly generate more sales and income to help support her family during this Christmas season, which should be one of joy. So many of the other listeners, who are also Bloggers, said they too would send whatever extra wool and yarn they had. Her shop is http://lazytcrochet.etsy.com/. Perhaps this year you could just possibly buy one less present, and use that extra money to purchase something from her shop, or send something that she can use towards her craft. If you convo "agoodwitchtoo" , she will provide you with her address.
It is a sad reflection of our times, as we look forward to a new beginning with a new President, that we also have to look forward to whether our not we, or our husbands, will be without a job or be able to have that special Christmas dinner you always look forward to. Or Perhaps your children will not really need all those gifts you would love to buy them. Did you ever look into a childs face who was hungry, and you hand them something to eat, even if it is just one little cookie, it means the world to them. So I ask that this year you remember the true meaning of Christmas, that of giving to others who are truly in need, and not expecting something in return. You will not only bring that extra star into their homes to light their tree, but you will feel that star light within yourselves.


Shell Mitchell said...

Such a heartfelt post! Thanks for the reminder that the true blessing of the Christmas season is in giving.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

What a wonderful post! It was great to see you at the show last night :)

AltheaP said...

A very sweet reminder of the meaning of the holidays, no matter the religion of the people involved.

agoodwitchtoo said...

Lovely post, Mag! Passed it along to Rod!

Anonymous said...

It was such a pleasure to meet you last night. This is one of the best posts I have read in awhile. TY

www.nonniestreasures.com said...

Pam, this is a lovely blog. It gets to the real meaning of Christmas, which so often is missed in the commercialism. Bless you!

MagdaleneJewels said...

I'm am glad it touched all of you as much as it did me.

Thanks Rod, for welcoming me, and for your comment on my blog.

jstinson said...

Great post Pam. It is sooo easy to get caught up with things that really don't matter too much during this time of year. Thanks for reminding us of those things that do matter.

On a Whimsey said...

It doesn't matter what religion you are, what country you live in or anything..... treat others as you would like to be treated should be our motto.

A very thoughtful post to bring home the true spirit of Christmas which is all too often forgotten in this mad mad world.

Sixsisters said...

Thanks for this post Pam. I hope we can all concentrate on the important part of the holidays.
Family, friends and caring for one another.

Pam said...

What a thoughtful, caring post to your blog. May we all be as generous and considerate of the needs of others this holiday season and be willing to care and share. Thanks for letting others know.

Anonymous said...

So pleased to have read your Christmas blog Pam. Times are tough for the majority, cutting back is a given, and remembering our blessings a must.

"Simple Pleasures, Life's Treasures" is a favorite saying of mine.

This year as last, we will not be spending the extra money to buy a Christmas tree, nor are we exchanging gifts.

Our gifts are in one another, and the blessings we share.

Bless you Pam,

MagdaleneJewels said...

I just finished reading all the beautiful and heartful comments left regarding my blog. It is so nice to know that we all realize the importance of what Christmas is, giving not just of gifts, but of ourselves. You have all left me with tears in my eyes and a warm heart. Thank you.

Art By MAR said...

Wonderful post! Christmas has become so commercial that we do tend to forget the true meaning. We will be parring down this holiday also. My daughter plans on making gifts this year. I hope it will be a more rewarding experience than her usual shopping trip to the school store for family.