Thursday, December 26, 2013
I think I've started a new holiday tradition! What a super way to spend my Christmas!
Community celebrates Christmas at Bandera family dinner:
(hope this link works)
I was one of the zillions of volunteers hustling to put together the meals that were delivered to the homebound. Pouring gallons of soup or gravy from bubbling cauldrons into smaller buckets from which we ladled servings into small styrofoam servings we then lidded and assembled into styrofoam packs with turkey, stuffing, cranberries and all the trimmings and volunteers would stream in and out with sacks of styrofoam dinners to deliver across the county to home-bound elderly and / or needy people. All the food was home made and prepared by volunteers who were up all night in shifts turning out such an incredible volume of food with such incredible efforts of so, so many people!
It was such a wonderful time being a part of this monumental effort of caring and generosity of spirit! I was truly blown away by the outpouring of so much hard work from such smiling, beautiful people! There were many children helping out as well. People were working in shifts literally around the clock in order to pull off such a beautiful feat.
I've always been so down on the commercialism of the holiday season and have to admit feeling a bit Scrooge-like about it all...what a relief to find something about the holidays to be FOR, instead of AGAINST and to tap into the vein of what I believe the holiday season has always been meant to be: a time of connecting, sharing, giving and loving!
Recently I've enjoyed the wisdom shared at:
and VALERIEMAHA noted one recent essay shared by Brother David which is so relevant and beautifully stated:
Cheers & Sparks to everyone out there...loving the passing of the solstice and treasuring each days' extra sliver of sunlight!