A couple of weeks ago, when it was still in the 50s, our granddaughter came over and retrieved our Christmas decorations from the attic in our garage. Both of us have resigned ourselves to not do any ladder climbing now that we’re getting older – although I know my husband still considers himself a mountain goat. I on the other hand am prone to falling down a lot, even when I’m not elevated.

I still recall days when we’d put all three of our kids in the car, bundled up in snow suits, caps, mittens, scarves and boots and go out of town to cut down a tree. Paul, the outdoors man was always game for an outing like this. He’s also an artist, so the perfect tree was his ultimate goal, and in freezing temperatures, the search became almost an obsession. We’d eventually find one, Paul and our son, Bob would cut it down and we’d head home for some hot chocolate and lots of warming up. In time, the adventure turned into a task and we gave it up. We even gave way to an artificial tree as time went on. Now we have a little two footer which requires very few ornaments. So much for tradition.

I distributed our many prized ornaments to my two daughters and soon to be daughter in law last year. So our Christmas decorating requires less work now, but we have to do it at a much slower pace. I never before would put decorations up until after Thanksgiving. This year I feel it’s mandatory. This year has been full of gloom and doom – impatience and anger – indecision and poor decision making – fear and unrest – injustice and so much more. If we ever needed a little Christmas, it’s right now.

We need to muster up those feelings of hope and promise that the Christmas season brings and if it means putting some red and green around the house, that’s what we’ll do. We’ll also start focusing on the true meaning of the season -how God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.

Thanksgiving will have its restrictions. Meals will be less elaborate. There will be no Black Friday shopping except on the internet. The huge gatherings will have limited numbers of guests. It won’t be like any Thanksgiving we’ve experienced in my lifetime, but what a time for reflection. We can put our attention on the amazing story of God’s love – the infant God/man in a lowly manger – angels singing praises to God in heaven – a bright star that led to the light of the world.

Thanksgiving is like a precursor to the Christmas season. This year we can use a lot of it.


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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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  1. DeniseBalog says:

    Your post is filled with hope and truth. My husband and I are on the threshold of this next season in our lives. Christmas use to be one of trees in almost every room, and presents stacking high in anticipation. Thank you for the reminder, it’s time to press forward with a red ribbon or two into the opportunity to embrace this season of remembering the Lord, Immanuel, who saves us❤️🎄🙏

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      It is a different time for all of us this year, but we will get through it better than we were before. Thanks for your kind comments and good luck next season.

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  2. Well said, Kathy! I started putting lights up outside a few months ago, not all traditional Christmas lights, lots of solar lights and what not too, but regardless, we need more Light, His light! We also have one of those little fake trees too, and put that up well before Thanksgiving. Seems like many people are ready for some holiday cheer. 🙂

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