I was listening to the radio in the car this morning when the DJ said, “If you’re feeling like you’re running behind this holiday season, maybe this will encourage you…”
My ears immediately perked up. (I’m still not even close to finishing my shopping .)
He played a recording of a woman who had called into the station earlier.
The woman shared that her son, a Marine stationed in Japan, is flying home to get married this Saturday. You could hear the excitement in her voice.
She went on to say that her other son, who is in the Army and scheduled to go to Afghanistan in the spring, got special permission to fly home for the wedding.
Her oldest daughter is coming home from Georgia, and her two college-age girls will be home too.
“And I haven’t bought a thing for Christmas yet!” the woman said.
“You can’t be worrying about Christmas,” the DJ joked, “you’ve got a wedding to plan for!”
“I know,” she laughed. “I’ve got a tree up, but there aren’t any decorations on it and only half of the lights work. And I tried to put lights up outside, but none of the extension cords work either.” She laughed again.
And then she said…
“But you know what? I was at Wal-Mart this morning, looking for something festive to put on my front door for when everyone gets here, and I found the best wrapping paper. It said: A home filled with love is a home filled with Christmas. And that’s all that really matters.”
Here was a mom planning for a wedding this weekend, running behind in getting ready for Christmas, and gearing up to have all her kids home, and she was totally focused on what matters—being together.
It was a great reminder of what the holidays are really about.
So as we mail our packages and run our errands, as we get our presents bought and wrapped, as we pack for our trips and plan our menus,
may our hearts and homes be filled with love,
and Christmas. :)
I hope you all have a beautiful holiday! I’m looking forward to spending time with family and friends over the next week, but I’ll be back around here after that.