I feel like I’ve been absent – even though I have posted something every day since the week of Thanksgiving. We did all the Christmas things, made Chex mix (multiple times) made the pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving week, decorated the house, put up small trees on tables this year, watched all our favorite traditional (and non-traditional) holiday movies, listened to old and new Christmas songs, got together with family and friends, spent a few short days with our college son, home and gone before Christmas, ate too much snack food, made a new potato recipe from my friend, had wonderful spiral ham and now I’m making split pea soup from the bone – and finally – it’s time to wrap up Christmas for another year.
I must say that I’m disappointed we had no snow whatsoever during this season – and there is still no snow in sight. However, I did feel all warm and toasty many times with our cozy fire and warm blanket when the temperatures dipped below 30. Our puppy, Daisy has been fun to watch as she grows, plays, entertains us with her clownish ways – and as she snuggles up and sleeps next to us by the fire.
I have also learned something new. When people write “Merry Xmas” it’s actually NOT a bad thing, like my generation (and my parent’s) used to think. “X” means “Chi” in Greek – or another word for “Christ“. Who knew? Ever heard someone say, “They are leaving out Christ when they say or write it that way” Guess what? They aren’t!
And as my pastor pointed out yesterday, when we say “Happy Holidays” it actually means “Holy Days” – and I say it all the time! So glad I was actually saying something good all along – don’t you just love being chided by other Christians when they think you’re forgetting about Jesus when you don’t say Merry Christmas? It’s ALL good, people – and let’s not forget that there are three holidays to speak about, Thanksgiving, Christmas AND New Years.
So the next time you see “Xmas” – I encourage you NOT to be miffed – but embrace it!
And with a clear conscience I can say “Happy holidays” and “Merry Christmas” to all!
Have you ever been chided by someone over these things? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Warm after Christmas thoughts to you – as you “wrap up Christmas” for another year!