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Angel Christmas

"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so, some have unwittingly entertained angels" Hebrew13:2

Black Friday has come and gone, and my credit card has seen more daylight lately than some equatorial tribes.  This year has been interesting and I try not to panic when I notice the subtle changes in my workplace.  They cut back on hours, the holiday rush is not so savage, but my hopes remain high that we can recover the real meaning of Christmas amidst the negativity.

For some of us, it has been easier than others.  I have had to struggle to clothe, feed and make a loving home for my children and I. Their dad is somewhere working  under the table.  That’s alright, we have adjusted to this.  I think I have it easier than some. I’m working at a job that is fulfilling my families needs.  I am grateful.    The main industry in the state has changed drastically in the last twenty years. In fact, I’m not really sure what it is anymore.  That guy bagging your groceries may be missing three fingers because he is an out of work logger.   We survive harsh winters and work as hard as we can in order to enjoy the immense beauty of this place and hopefully get a few days to explore our own backyard as much as the tourists.  ( Whom we welcome with open arms and wave and smile when they leave.) Thank you, come again.

My black Friday started late.  I no longer wish to shop in a frenzy get to the store and find out that I should have pitched a tent in front of Best Buy two days ago.  I do use this time to stock up on clothes, boots, socks and all the essentials we need in this winter wonderland.  I do the best I can and try to remember that there are children out there that don’t have socks or a special toy and we get an angel every year.  The real meaning of Christmas is hanging on those trees and for every child that is blessed with a secret Santa it sends a message that they matter, that someone cares.  That compassion is what warms up the heart when the gloominess sets in, and the beauty of it is that is spreads like a fire.

Many years ago, my oldest child and her newborn sister were on that tree.  I will never forget the kindness that was shown to us that Christmas – a large amount of new toys and clothes were delivered to my doorstep.  My children never knew how close Santa came to missing our house.  Since then, it’s a family tradition to do the same for another child, be their angel and give them more than what they asked for. On these tags, we read girl age 7 needs coat and socks and likes Barbies.  I’ll swipe that card again to get her the latest Barbie and a couple of outfits too, something frivolous that lets that child know that she/he matters that someone does care.  A lot.  That’s what keeps me warm this holiday season.  I expect to see a number of bare angel trees out there this year as we pull together to keep Christmas alive in the hearts of all children, even the big ones.

Are You Ready to Be A Parent?

There should be a test for everyone that thinks about having children.  It is a simple quiz but based on reality, so those parents that think they will hike 10 miles into the wilderness to restock their cloth diaper pail for their week-long trip into the back country are prepared for a three hour hike to the outhouse at the main trailhead.

HIke in January

Mad Hiker

  • Do you like to sleep?  Do you like to share your bed with a two -foot tall child that spreads out like a pinwheel? Is four inches of bed space enough for you?
  • When walking are you used to dodging, tripping or falling over as your child will stop, swerve and crash into you for the next twenty years?
  • Do you like paper? Lots of beautiful precious drawings will be heading your way and God help you if you get busted throwing one out.
  • Do you like to be critiqued on your cooking?  “I don’t like this,” is a song even Rachel Ray would hear every night. Unless it is in a box with a toy inside, they won’t eat it.
  • Do you like to use the bathroom in private? For the first few years, that might not happen.  The worse part is that you might get used to having an audience and will use the restroom as your family meeting place. Lovely, huh?
  • How about public tantrums? Are you willing to throw one yourself, just to show your child how ridiculous it is?  Are you willing to leave a shopping cart full of much needed groceries in order to take your screaming child home, and hear the applause of the other shoppers as you leave?
  • Are you ready for statements like,” You look like you are going to have a baby” directed towards yourself or complete strangers that (you guessed it) are not pregnant.
  • Can you find a bathroom anywhere and immediately?
  • Do you like to talk on the phone?  That is the universal signal to all children that they need to talk to you right now. Or better yet, it is the best time to see if they really can fly off the bunk bed.
  • Are you mentally prepared to find only 2 pairs of matching socks out of 50?
  • If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are totally ready for the ups and downs of being a parent, because at the end of it all, the good outweighs the bad.  Feel free to add any more great and grating scenarios. Remember, kids like it when their parents laugh and laugh often.