My dear readers,
I am sitting here at work listening to Christmas music and it is so beautiful and I am, once again, just overcome with emotion at how much I love this season….how much I love Christmas. I know I’ve said it before, but one of the greatest joys for me in leaving the meetings was having the freedom to celebrate Christmas finally….both spiritually and physically.
In my family, we always celebrated Christmas with a tree, presents, cookies and decorations UNTIL the mid 1960’s when the edict came up the West Coast of the US that it was WRONG to celebrate Christmas. It was ok until then! Honest! We kept making cookies and exchanging presents at our house but no more trees or pretty decorations. It was awful.
So for the next 4 decades I wasn’t allowed to participate in Christmas. I hated it and resented it. The worst was being on Special Meeting rounds when I was in the Work over the holidays and of course, the friends would have been terrified to mention Christmas with us workers around. I know most of the friends would have been so GLAD when we finally left so they could maybe at least have a holiday dinner. Again, it was awful.
I remember after the holidays were over and we went back to our fields, in one area I was in, they were ranchers and farmers and I would see old dried up Christmas trees out by their burn barrels and I would smile to myself and say “Good for them!” They had to wait until we were out of the area and then they could celebrate with their families.
It bothered me to no end (especially my last few years in the Work) because here we were, supposedly such a ‘religious’ group, and yet we ignored and BANNED the two most famous Christian holidays; Christmas and Easter. It was SO wrong in my opinion and yes, I prayed and prayed about it.
Therefore, when I finally broke away from the meetings, I never miss a Christmas Eve service or an Easter service at a church somewhere. I cry and laugh during the singing of the Christmas carols. I love celebrating the birth of Christ corporately with other believers. It feels so right.
I’m also not ashamed to say I put up my tree and other decorations in my condo the day after Thanksgiving. I can’t wait! It’s the only time all year that my house looks different. It’s so dark outside and the lights inside and the candles are so cozy and welcoming. And yes, I put up lights outside to bring joy to others passing by.
I absolutely love this season and probably more so than some because I was denied the joy of celebrating it for the majority of my life. But no more!! I just might leave my decorations up till February! Who knows!
So, again, a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!