What are You Thankful for This Christmas?

Wow! Only 3 more sleeps till Christmas. I can’t believe it! This year went by so quickly probably because some the bigger events and milestones that usually mark the passing of time has been on the down low. When you’re cooped up, even for your own protection, a week can feel like an entire month.

This year has been a tough one for many people. I know a lot of people aren’t feeling the Christmas cheer while others have been going all out for the glimmer of hope that is Christmas.

Personally, I do feel more excited this year. This is despite not flying to Joburg to visit our families. I love my husband and we always tried to make it special, but the Christmases that I wasn’t with my family were definitely not my favourite. It’s the time of year that I miss my family the most. And this year I’ll be missing my little nephew’s first Christmas 🙁

But I think it’s that 2020 is ending and these days any cause for celebration lifts my heart. If this year has taught us anything, it’s to be grateful for what we do have. I am truly grateful for my husband and the wonderfully kind and loving man that he is. He loves me despite all my flaws and the fact that I am probably the cause of those few grey hairs that are sprouting 😂

I’m grateful that our families on the other side of the country are okay and that we can phone them and video call them. I’m grateful for the friend that will be joining us for Christmas lunch.

I’m truly thankful that I could still serve in the worship team at church and do my violin lessons. And summer is here! I’m also feeling very blessed that my husband and I could go away for a few days to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary! Time flies!

We haven’t gone hungry this year, we could still work since we both work from home, which is more than a lot of people can say. I am so very grateful for those blessings.

And when I was feeling all depro because I was cooped up and couldn’t see my friends, I still had my hubby, friendly neighbours to chat to over the balcony, and social media was amazing for staying in touch with friends and family. In fact, I even reconnected with close friends where over the last few years, life got a bit busy and we didn’t speak as often.

And through it all, I got to get to know God a little better.

There are so many blessings all around, even if it’s just the sunshine, or the beautiful snow if you’re in a country where that happens around this time.

I know that there are many people who may be lonely or where the Christmas tree has fewer or no presents under it compared to last year, or where there is a lack of a special Christmas meal if any meal at all.

At the carols by candlelight event last year, the minister said that he knows it isn’t a merry Christmas for everyone. Unfortunately, there is illness, poverty, broken families, injuries, crime, etc in this world. So he doesn’t wish people a merry Christmas any more, but rather a meaningful Christmas.

I think that is such a good way to put it and never has it been more apt for so many people all at once… except for during the world wars and that…

But I wish everyone a meaningful Christmas. May you find the joy and peace this Christmas that God intended for the world at the birth of Christ. It may not be outward peace and joy, but rather an inner one.

And if you are alone and battling this Christmas, despite the way it seems, Christ came for you. You are loved and cherished by the God who knows you inside and out and still wants a relationship with you.

So stay safe. Try to maintain social distancing as much as possible. I know an elbow isn’t nearly as great as a hug, but we do it out of love and respect for each other.

So have a meaningful Christmas this year and let me know what you’re thankful for this season 💖🎄

Feature Image by Дарья Яковлева from Pixabay

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