I’ve been rather melancholy this holiday season. It is the second Christmas without both Mom and Dad. Even when I lived for years in Texas, I was always home for Christmas with them. I enjoyed playing Santa for them, delighting them with silly little gifts and candy and ornaments. I’d help decorate the tree, after Dad got the lights on just so. I’d help Mom put up the manger—as I always did since I was little. And together we helped grow the Christmas Village scene with new buildings and characters. I have some great memories and am pulling out my own Christmas decorations—old and new. But I still miss them, especially as Christmas comes around.
Then this year, there has been so much tragedy. The terrorist attacks in Paris. The senseless shooting in San Bernardino and elsewhere. Some politicians who pander to the fear and anger of some citizens, making things worse instead of exploring solutions. And there has even been an increase in hate crimes against Muslims. Heaven help us if the acts of a few Christians marked us all the same.
Now more than ever we need the redemption and salvation of Christmas. We need the wonder and glory that makes this time so magical. We need the love, hope, and promise of the holiday, stretching into every part of life. We might not need the cookies and candy and special meals of this time of year, but we certainly need friends and family and all the good cheer that comes with the festivities—especially the glorious music. Thank goodness Christmas arrives in the morning, just in time. Now, we just need to keep the love and good will to others our highest priority throughout the year.
This “Recipe for Christmas Joy” could help us keep Christmas—the real Christmas, not the hustle and bustle of shopping and rushing—alive throughout the year. I have seen various versions of such recipes in the past, but I pulled this one from the radio broadcaster Delilah. If you have not caught her show, you should. You can Listen to Delilah on iHeart Radio. Her words and music are always uplifting as she takes calls from across the country—and shares the perfect song for whatever her caller is discussing (love, relationships, starting over, moving on, or celebrating all aspects of life).
RECIPE FOR CHRISTMAS JOY!
Preparation Time: Just minutes. Serves a multitude
2 ¼ cups Faith
1 tsp. Promise
1 tsp. Gratitude
1 cup (2 sticks) Belief
¾ cup Wonder
¾ cup Awe
1 tsp. Generosity
2 large scoops of Patience
2 cups Laughter
The Light of the North Star
Directions: In a small bowl, combine Faith, Promise and Gratitude. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together Belief, Wonder, Awe, Generosity and Patience until creamy. Gradually combine the mixture of the small bowl into the large bowl, stirring together evenly for a smooth consistency. Stir in Laughter, and at the last minute add the Light of the North Star.
The mixture will begin to rise immediately and will double in size every day. Begin serving as quickly as possible. Multiple servings per day are recommended for maximum benefit. Excellent when accompanied with a slice of Glee and makes an excellent presentation alongside a full goblet of Glory. Keep for yourself and give as gifts to family, friends, neighbors and strangers. The more you share with others, the more you have to give away. And if you are blessed, others will share cups of this recipe with you as well. Enjoy!
These songs are some of my favorites from when I was a kid, listening to Christmas albums throughout the season. (Yes, honest to goodness vinyl LPs). These are two of my favorites!
“O Holy Night” by Andy Williams
“The Ballad of the Christmas Donkey” by Ed Ames
And finally, here is a cute little video, reminding us all to keep the love and hope of Christmas alive at all times, especially when dealing with others. As this little video reminds us, “Be Together, Not the Same!”