Life is never boring around the Roberts house. But one thing I’ve noticed. Everybody, pets included, wants what somebody else has. My cat eats the dog’s food, and the dogs won’t eat their food unless I sprinkle some cat food on top of it. They need a two-course meal or nothing at all. If I go somewhere for a couple of days, they don’t eat much at all, but when I return it’s like they want to devour everything in sight.
My children think I always get the other child the best Christmas presents, and I stay busy, but would love to spend eight hours just sitting with my feet up watching Christmas movies. (Sigh!) It’s a never ending cycle of “I want what you got” and I think that’s part of why Christmas is my favorite time of the year.
Christmas is the only time of the year when I’m conscious about giving. I look for the red kettles and a tree to choose an angel from. Christmas is prettier, and I am no decorator, but I have lights strung everywhere. Christmas is about the greatest gift ever sent to mankind, Jesus in the flesh, here to pay the price for our sins and to show us the Father. For those of us with fathers who weren’t perfect (or even normal), it’s a great picture to hold onto. Plus, if there’s one thing I love, it’s giving gifts.
So this year, instead of being sorry when Christmas is over, I’m going to enjoy it while it’s here. I’m going to slow down and look at the lights more often, and I’m going to hand write my Christmas wishes on cards. I’m going to make fudge and Christmas cookies with my kids because they’re growing up too fast. I don’t want to look back and say, “I wish.” I’m going to have that extra cup of coffee with Mom, and go see the Christmas lights in her neighborhood too. I’ll even have a snowball fight with the kids (yes, I hate the cold).
My dogs may want cat food for supper, but I’m going to be content and enjoy each day as it comes. Merry Christmas, and a blessed 2017!