Mary Jo Brown: Joy during Christmas

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December represents the month of gifts to me. Gifts that are wrapped in cherished memories of months gone by: ceremonies, celebrations and the birthday of a royal son who was born in a stable, and the joy of Christmas.

This has been a year where it seems that anything that could go wrong, did go wrong — at least that’s the way it seemed to me. The realization sets in that every life comes with its hard times. There are special gifts we receive on Christmas Day, not gifts you would find in the mall or any department store. Those types of gifts may give you a small amount of contentment or even joy, but the special something I am thinking of is much more precious.

Special is the strength we gather as we realize that the family we have with us at Christmas and trhoughout the year are there for us and with their help we can handle whatever comes our way.

Special is the wisdom of knowing that if we embrace life as we do on Christmas, in a positive way, our days will be much better.

Grace enough to be thankful for what we have and the knowledge that the past year could have been so much worse.

If we appreciate these gifts the rest of the year will not seem quite so bad and things will not be as negative. Instead, we can look forward to a better New Year.

Think back on this year and remember what we were doing, where we were and whom we were with. Yes, even think on the tough times, but don’t forget to remember your achievements, happy times and special moments. Hopefully in those thoughts we will discover that the best gifts are not found in malls and stores but are given. Gifts of love, trust, faith, forgiveness, comfort, peace, generosity, selflessness and so many others. This is what life should be about keeping in mind that there always is a certain degree of the unexpected for that we always have hope.

Happy birthday wishes to Marion Conrow, Paul Tabor and Trey Gallegos.

Get well and speedy recovery to all those ailing.

Sunset Meadows I will have noon potluck Friday

Just an early reminder there will be no bus service or meals at sunset Meadows I on Dec. 24 and 25 because of the Christmas holidays.

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