Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Perspective


I have been given the gift of perspective this Christmas. Yes, as I am rapidly approaching 40 and after witnessing too many "design emergencies" and people with real problems, I am thankful for the gift of PERSPECTIVE this holiday season. Now, let me preface this by saying, I am also being awarded "mother-of-the year" as my second gift. Yep, when this happened.... 
 I screamed "Merry #$7*+#@ Christmas" in front of my kids. Graham said: Mom, is Teddy under the tree? I said: "No, thank God" and there it is. Perspective. This 10 foot massive tree that we hauled all the way out of the mountains on the top of my car (que sap lecture from Read), was laying across chairs, sofas and my oriental rug in ruins. But, no, it did not harm my dog or my children, so we should be thankful. And, because I. AM. SO. TIRED. (and there are people with real problems in the world). We aren't redecorating this tree that my kids named "Richard". 
With my husband away on business, I did what any sane mom would do. I undecorated the tree on Dec. 14th. I hauled it out of the house and left it on the porch (indefinitely) and I packed up the ornaments or what's left of them. I then took the leaf blower and opened the double doors to the outside. I blew out the 1,000,000,000,000 pine needles and glass into our back yard, vacuumed up the rest and put the furniture back. My kids watched in silence (they knew better) as their mom had either a manic moment/nervous breakdown or a pure moment of sanity mixed with wisdom and clarity. 
I asked the kids to bring in the nativity. Right in the spot where our tree was supposed to be for the next few weeks, we placed the TRUE meaning of Christmas. A scene of just as much beauty and marvel as that of a Christmas tree. I'm not suggesting you get rid of your tree and replace it with the beloved baby Jesus. But I am saying that instead of worshiping at the foot of a massive 10 foot tree lit from top to bottom and layered with tons of gifts, presents and surprises for our family and friends...STOP, for a minute and worship in awe at the true meaning of this Christmas season. Marvel at the gift we were given on that special morning. 

It is the gift that keeps on giving. It is the only gift that matters. For now, my children are happy with our new "tree". It holds a new focal point of beauty in our living room and we will gather around it this Christmas morning and hopefully many more to come. May you receive the gift of perspective this Christmas season. 
-H

1 comment:

Marion said...

From leaf blower to mangers, priceless. A good laugh and a good lesson. A Merry Christmas to you and yours.

 
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