Written by Pamela K. Orgeron, M.A., Ed.S., BCCC, ACLC, Author
With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, I’m finally catching the Christmas spirit. A couple of days ago I was telling my husband Milton, “For some reason, I am not in the mood to decorate or do anything for Christmas.”
“You just lost your mother last month,” Milton replied. “That’s probably why.”
Yes, I did witness my mother’s passing last month from this life to spend eternity in Heaven where all her problems are over and the diseases that took her have been healed. That’s something to rejoice and be thankful about not to pout about!
Furthermore, Mom and Dad would want me to move forward to enjoy the holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Growing up my parents always made the Christmas season special by decorating, holiday baking, visiting relatives, etc. That’s what they would want me to do now too.
What changed my mood, or attitude, which may be a more appropriate word to use?” My attitude started changing as I was writing a post for my business page at Facebook that put me in a position to reflect on Christmases past and on the REAL reason for the season. I’d like to share, edit, and expand upon that post here:
Ever since I was a child, the Christmas season has been my favorite time of the year. During this time of year I feel blessed to be able to use other gifts and talents God has given me. Of course, that means I can’t spend as much time writing; but that’s okay.
One of my favorite pastimes at Christmas is to cook and bake our favorite holiday recipes.
Though my husband and I typically eat healthy the rest of the year, we let down our guard to enjoy my homemade cakes, Soy Butter Balls, cookies, fudge, etc.; although, to save myself a few calories, I often give away most of my homemade “goodies” as Christmas gifts to friends. If I may say so, I really am a great cook! In fact, my graduate school academic advisor told me, “If you can’t make it as a counselor, you’d make a great caterer.” How did she know? Thanks to another professor, the Lord blessed me to introduce a number of international students in our class to a traditional Christmas dinner on the last day of a fall semester class. Of course, my academic advisor was invited!
Another gift I get to utilize more during the Christmas season is my creativity through decorating. Every room of my home typically gets decorated. We also love to decorate our home and yard outside to help brighten up our neighborhood.
What may surprise some of you is that one of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is to sing a duet with my husband in church. We traditionally sing my favorite (which also was my father’s) Christmas carol “Oh, Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” whenever given the opportunity. Someone used to tease me as a child telling me I couldn’t sing; thus, singing is not one of God’s blessings that I am most confident in doing. However, I am a cousin to the late Keith Whitley, Country Music Singer & Entertainer, for whatever that’s worth.
Like most everyone else, I have to resist the temptation to get too wrapped up in the baking, decorating, and other festivities of the Christmas season that I forget the REAL reason for the season. What is the REAL reason for Christmas?
Christmas is the day set aside to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord who willingly gave up his position in Heaven to come to earth to be born in a manger, to live and to die on the Cross that you and I might have eternal life in Heaven with and through Him. Christmas represents faith and goodwill towards all men. That should be the primary focus where even if we can’t decorate or bake this year, as long as we keep Christ, the reason for the season, the center of whatever we do, then we will be blessed beyond measure.