It seems to have had trouble finding me this year. And it seems I was looking for it in all the wrong places.
It isn't at the mall, with all those half-crazed, trolley laden big spenders.
It isn't in our Christmas tree and decorations we are missing (they are still in NZ).
I couldn't even find it when I made and sent out a bundle of Christmas decorations.
I feel it a little bit when I listen to Christmas carols.
But here's a little story of how the spirit of Christmas found me....
My children have been involved in a play of the Christmas story, through our school and the school parish. They have had only two practices and today did their first performance at an Aged Care facility.
I was so very proud of my eldest daughter. She was a narrator and did an exceptional job.
For a child who has struggled with reading, to read a very long script aloud, in front of people, what an achievement!
My youngest daughter was a precious little angel... the only angel with a line and she rocked it! So cute in her squeaky little 6 year old voice "why is this night so special?"
My son was very grumpy that he thought he was a lowly shepherd, without any lines.....
But little does he know, he was the one who touched my heart....
After the play the children went to visit with the residents and it was so beautiful.
The smile on their faces, young and old. It was magical and so precious.
And then the moment, when the true meaning of Christmas really struck me.
A 'Merry Christmas' and the reaching out of a hand. The holding of hands. Young and old, strangers. Sharing together a beautiful moment.
This photo evokes so many emotions in me. I get choked up everytime I look at it.
Because, to me, this is the true spirit of Christmas. The reaching out to others. The embracing of our differences. The accepting of strangers.
In our house, we celebrate Christmas because of the birth of Jesus. He is the reason for the season!
The person who taught us these things.
How easy is it to forget that in the madness of a consumer driven Christmas.
How blessed and priviledged are my children and I, to take part in a such a special event.
Linking up with my beautiful friend Kristy