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Holiday Perspectives

Monday, December 19, 2011

Right now, I'm betting a lot of you are like me and trying to get everything done on that long pre-Christmas to-do list. I've been worrying about having the house back in shape in time (we've been doing some redecorating and things always get worse before they get better), what to fix for Christmas dinner, making sure I have gifts for everyone, wrapping the gifts, sending out cards, etc. etc. Much of the time, all this seems really important. Then, this morning a co-worker came in to work in tears because she heard on the radio that one of her former students was killed in a car accident. Our thoughts immediately went to his family and what they must be going through. Then you start thinking about other friends who've recently lost loved ones, and families who are having to do without, and you start to get a new perspective on things. Reality check! Suddenly, you are reminded that the house, the gifts, the menu, the cards...none of that really matters. Friends, family, and loved ones--they are what matters, this time of year, and all year. Although we all know this, we do tend to take each other for granted and sometimes it takes a tragedy to be reminded that Christmas is not about material things. Christmas is about love, forgiveness, and hope. Let's all remember to keep things in perspective and remember the reason for the season.

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FRENCHIFAL 12/21/2011 12:52PM

    Great blog, thanks for posting! I tend to get the same way, I obsess over what to give family and friends instead of just spending time with them. And having worked in retail in the past, I can say for sure that most people let that pressure bring out their ugly side!

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CALIDREAMER76 12/19/2011 10:30PM

    Love to you Jennifer!
Merry Christmas to you and your family! May God Bless you abundantly this coming year and bring His peace and comfort to the family of that former student.
Well written and timely reminder - So glad we are spark friends!
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BOBBYD31 12/19/2011 10:13PM

    very true and thank you for the reminder

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