Mary Jo Brown: Keep Christmas simple, enjoy your family

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Halleluiah, sing praises to the Lord, his birthday is so close we are almost touching it!

In the meantime, there is last minute shopping and checking to make sure all the cards are sent out. Company is coming or already here and it just gets busier, and most traditions are in full swing. The making of candy, getting favorite foods in stock for Christmas dinner, decorations put up in the traditional places, favorite movies such as Rudolf being watched.

One thing I have noticed is that it seems that this year there is even more of a push to max out your credit cards so you can get the bargains that are out there before Christmas is gone and you lose that big chance. I don’t believe in going to the extent some people go to and let materialistic things take over our lives. Buy now and pay later is just “borrowing from Peter to pay Paul” as the old saying goes, but where do you get the money to pay Peter when the time comes?

Christmas is all about sales competitions; buy more, more, and more. What happened to the anticipation and excitement that came from receiving that one gift you truly wanted? Where is the family togetherness that comes from spending time together to decorate the tree, making popcorn to string up, the fun of baking and decorating cookies, learning to make fudge and then packaging it up in Christmas style and sharing it with friends and neighbors? I think Christmas is more about giving from the heart, spending time with those you care about and taking a step back and reconsidering your choices of how to celebrate this special time of year.

Christmas Eve is my favorite night of the year. In my quiet moments, I feel the gratitude of being able to keep my holiday obligations simple, order has been kept and beauty surrounds me in the decorations kept from year to year, given to me by loved ones. The greatest joy is knowing that the guest of honor will arrive shortly, I look up at the night sky and see a bright star, is it “the star?” Well, to me it is. Discover your own star, our lives are a gift given to us the very night the savior was born and what we do with it is a gift in return.

My Christmas wish to you all is that behind the tinsel, toys and cards will come peace and a moment of reflection. Let it be said we truly know how to keep Christmas well by keeping Christ in Christmas.

Merry Christmas to all and God bless us everyone.

Happy birthday to Tony Gallegos, Clem Mascaranas, Gerry Wilbur, Ron Hall and Sheryl Searce.

Get well wishes to Berniece and Roy James and Betty Herrera.

There will be no meal or bus service at Sunset Meadows I on Tuesday or Wednesday because of the Christmas holidays.

Potluck will be held on at noon Friday.

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