“It’s the “Most/A” Wonderful Time of the Year”
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December 11, 2012
As I was traveling down the road this week, the radio was blaring many different types of Christmas songs. Gosh, is it really that time of the year already? “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?!” I was not ready to switch my mind to another gear to get ready for the “most wonderful season.” I really didn’t want to listen to Christmas or Holiday songs as some people want to call them now. Bah Humbug!! Is it really the” most wonderful time of the year?” Isn’t football season the most wonderful time of the year? or maybe vacation?
I have always enjoyed Christmas past especially sharing time with my family. We all lived close enough to each other that it was possible to get together ( at least most of us) and celebrate. I enjoyed Christmas past especially decorating my first small tree at my first home when I was finally living independently. I was so appreciative of the small Christmas Tree (not holiday tree) sights, smells, and sounds of Christmas. There was always a slight upbeat in my walk. Some of the best past Christmases were some of my poorest. Recently, my niece sent me a picture of a cross stitched ornament I made for all of my nieces and nephews one Christmas because I had limited funds. Although I was “alone” (defined as the only one not married and without a boyfriend) at the time, I still enjoyed Christmas especially through the eyes of the young – my nieces and nephews. I understood that thought when people would say ‘Christmas is for children!’ … But even so, Christmas is still more than that!!
But now as I flash-forward almost 30 years (really!), I still enjoy Christmas but was struggling a little bit with this year’s season. I didn’t want to enjoy it or face it. I thought maybe I will just ignore all the sights, smells, and sounds of Christmas this year. Maybe just walk through the motions. I just didn’t want to get sucked into the chaotic, bustling event of this year. I didn’t want to force myself to think it was the “most wonderful time of the year” ending on this magical day of December 25th. Why was I thinking this? I like Christmas!
Thus, as the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” blared out of the radio in my car, I openly told Andy Williams this was NOT the “most” wonderful time of the year. I then proceeded to tell him why it was not!! After I completed my list to Andy, I realized why I was feeling the way I was – somewhat melancholy. It was at this point, I realized for the first time in 10 solid years that no one was seriously sick in my family. I could relax a bit and not have to “stay strong!” I didn’t have to fight through mental and physical issues of what sickness does to one’s self and one’s family in combination of taking care of one’s family and working. I was feeling so much better from my previous 3 years of cancer treatment and recovery, that I actually could think of other things. Some of these thoughts were: I lost my faithful dog a year ago this week, I missed celebrating my birthday last week with my Dad who passed last year. (We shared the same birthday.) I wish I could talk to my brother who also passed last year. I think of my mother a lot because she passed on New Year’s Eve. (She is so much a part of my ornaments I put on my tree.) I realized I was exhausted from “LIFE!” I did not want to get my Christmas stuff out of the closet and decorate. There were lots of memories stashed in those boxes and I didn’t want to open them like ‘a jack in the box’ because the memories would evoke more of the not so “wonderful time of the year” thoughts!
Whew! But thanks to Andy listening to me after he serenaded me with his song, I felt better. I am approaching this season in a different mode. Celebrating the season began for me at Thanksgiving. How appropriate. I open this season with thankfulness. First and foremost – God. Thank you God for your Son -Jesus who died for our sins. Thank you for the roof over my head, clothing, and food. Thank you for my family and friends. Thank you for our new dog Lucy who has dethrone me as Queen of the house. (I’m sure my two sons and husband would agree.) Thank you for life! Thank you God for the memories of my family and dog. Thank you for my increasing better health. And thank you God for the talents of Andy Williams who past a few months ago.
Yes, it is a “Wonderful time of the Year!” Maybe not the “Most” but definitely “A Wonderful Time of the Year”. That was it! It wasn’t the “Most” but definitely is “A” wonderful time of the year. Gee, Andy I appreciate you clarifying that for me. I now have my Christmas boxes out of the closet and slowly putting my memories around my house. I am processing them slowly. I don’t have to have the tree and things put into place within 24 hours. I am slowly acknowledging the memories as I place them. As always, the front yard is reserved for the nativity scene only. (No commercial Santa or reindeer in my front yard! They are reserved for the small places inside my home!) Here is to all of you – Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and New Year! Yes! It is “A” – Wonderful Time of the Year! ” God Bless all of you and remember God always loves you. And, as always, MARCH FORTH!
Marci A. Schmitt
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