Bah Humbug???

“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 "So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them…The  shepherds returned, glorifying God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”

 “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child and his mother, Mary, and they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”

 

This time of year is not my favorite.  At one time, I used to bake eight to ten different kinds of cookies and make a couple of different kinds of candy.  The house was decorated to the nines and the gifts were piled in their secret hiding place.  Christmas cards had been addressed in September and just waiting for that special little note.

 What happened?  I got tired.  Tired just thinking of the baking marathons and the money that was being spent.  Tired of the hours of decorating.  Tired of people around me being stressed. 

 To me, Christmas is a time of awe – not awwwww…….nuts!  It is a time meant for joy and appreciation of a God who would leave His heavenly realm to come to earth as a human.  He did this not only to die and save us from our sins.  No.  There is more.  He became human, as I see it, so that we could never say to God, “You just don’t understand!”  He does understand because He was one of us.  He felt temptation.  He knew physical and emotional anguish.  He was human.  And He never sinned making Him the perfect sacrificial offering to save us. 

 If you are stressed this holiday season, take a deep breath.  Then figure out if the stressors are worth the return.  It wasn’t until I stopped baking that I learned people would survive without the cookies!  Sure, they miss them but I am told to not sweat it.  Okay, I won’t!

 Christmas gifts?  We buy only for the grandparents and our children – and now our grandchild and, if we can, Angel Tree (Prison Fellowship program).  We limit these gifts to what we can afford and not a penny more. 

 When was the last time you were “overjoyed” as the Magi were?  When did you last “spread the word” about this Child? 

 I pray that you all have an awe inspired Christmas.  I wish you happiness and peace within.   gail

41 responses to “Bah Humbug???

  1. Beautifully written, my friend! AMEN AMEN AMEN!!
     
    Thank you for stopping by my space a little while ago. I am still coughing and blowing my nose quite frequently but feeling much better and much stronger. I have my shopping basket and bags ready, my camera, my euros, my German/English dictionary.. I think I’m ready to shop tomorrow. It feels great to be over here where I can just spend a little money and get something special for family back home.. something they could not find over there. I just want to bring a little smile to their face. Everyone seems to be spending gazillions of dollars on all kinds of electronic equipment and such.. It just isn’t worth it to go into debt and buy all that junk if you ask me. I love what you said. It’s not about that. I want to have an awe inspired Christmas and also bring some awe to my family back home by sharing a little of Germany with them. 🙂

  2. Hey…Have fun going on Bloggerville (laptop) walks this weekend…
    You are going to get our snowstorm that just went through here I think???
     
    Everday…24/7…Can be Christmas…Should be Christmas…Eh!!!

  3. Hello Gail,
     
    What a beautifully written piece. Very emotional too. I have known people who would go to the homeless shelters and help out on Christmas with very few presents given to anyone. They would bake cookies & cakes and donate those to the shelters also. It is what ever a person feels right about doing – God will lead.
     
    I used to be against school vouchers for private schools but after seeing (my oldest grandson) some of the things that go on, I have decided that public schools are a failure and it starts with the parents who do not discipline their children. A child gets attacked by a bully and reports it to the principal, the child is then called a tattletale by the principal and the teachers. Another child gets attacked by a bully and defends himself/herself and gets suspended for three days to a week. That is a travesty of justice to the child doing right. Private schools cost a lot of money, whereas home schooling is less costly. With home schooling Darwinism does not have to be taught only, the Bible can be brought in or any other source desired. Home schooling is a lot of hard work but discipline can be maintained. A better education can be given. It is time to stand up for what is right and fight the ACLU in their anti-Christian dogma.
     
    Sorry for the soapbox, it is just how I feel.
     
    Peace & Blessings.

  4. good for you Gail ,put Christ back into Christmas !
    we don’t spend a lot of money on presents but enjoy the season ..I love the advent services leading up to Christmas and the carol services and christmas singers in the streets .I love to watch our little people open their gifts….and decorating the tree with the help of my little nephew & niece and maybe Fergus can help …lol
     the things I don’t like are the shops getting ready for it all in september and people spending beyond their means …and using the season as an excuse to get drunk …enough said …past my bedtime 🙂
    love and blessings
    sandra
    ps I do hope your mom is feeling better now

  5. You know, I virtually opted-out of Christmas a few years back. The pressure of trying to fulfill my own unrealistic expectations about "real" Christmas (having grown up in an atheistic home) was robbing me of joy. What gifts we do are tokens, usually handmade or low cost, for the most important people in our life & each of the children. This time of year has become family time, since its the only part of the year we all can take off on vacation, & I prefer to spend our money on making memories together than more "stuff".

  6. Gail,
     
    I only get on soap boxes that I feel strongly about. If I hit a topic you disagree with, no problem, we agree that having a disagreement doesn’t affect how we look at each other. Someone disagreeing with me always provides the time and substance to reevaluate my stance on a subject. There are too many people fighting over trivial matters today, I am tired of the fighting.
     
    Talking about school vouchers in the faculty lounge sounds like something I would do – just for the fun of it. I knew it was a serious consideration a few years back. Students who have to enter their school through metal detectors just is not fair. Those who misbehave need to be punished, not all of them.
     
    Peace & Blessings.

  7. Very well said!  In our household, we only get gifts for the kids.  My nephew is now the only kid so we just buy him a gift.  As soon as they are old enough we let them know that Christmas is not about an abundance of gifts and overspending.  I hate how Christmas has become so commercialized!  I for one will not be stressed out in the least…….it’s a special day in that we observe the birth of Christ on that day, but I don’t think I should go crazy with material things.  Great entry!

  8. I dislike Christmas because it is actually a pagan holiday to apease the norsemen at the time.  I also dislike anything that takes something so good and turns it into a whorish event and places pressures upon people when it should be a time of uniting as God wants us to do ~smiles~
     
    Anyways, I am back from Arizona and just put my computer back together tonight.  It is good to see you guys, I have missed my E-friends ~smiles~
     
    Love,
    Adam

  9. I think I was in the middle of changing the site around when you commented. The background kept freaking out and I had trouble getting the Christmas music uploaded. Finally done. I don’t really like the way the picture at the top looks but I guess it will work for now. LOL
     
    I am so TIRED and so miserable. It feels like my head’s about to explode!

  10. Ciao G,
    It is the best to put Christ in Christmas than to always think about gifts, food and money. It started out with Christ….it is His Birthday. Most of all, I enjoy the songs…the church service at Christmas…I love to give and see the other persons face…it gives me so much joy to be able to give something. not much, but something I had got them…a nice hug, warm heartfelt compliment, and the sharing of ones time is so special….mmmm….Lets face it…hehe, I LOVE CHRISTMAS…hehehe. I am a big kid at heart…and I can remember my Mother telling me…Shelley, you are such a big kid when it comes to Christmas….You are just like your Grandfather…because My Grandfather was the same way…My Mom used to say…As long as Shelley is around. so is Grandfather…hehe. So it is always so very special to me, and it is only once a year.
    I love to go to the service, and hear the sounds of carols singing….what a heavenly feeling I get…*heart full of joy*
    I hope that you have a wonderful day G.
    God Bless You and Keep you.
    By the way, I was to visit your Mom’s space…she sure is such a sweetheart…I hope she feels well soon.
    Take Care Bella.
    Logs of Hugs & Kisses for you.
    Love
    Shelley
    xXx
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  11. Gail, My dear sister Freind, I see you and I are in the same mine set with Christmas. I have been thinking here for a few days about the baking and the decorating and the gift and what I am doing is keeping it simple so me and ienjoying the birth the the KING . Not much baking this year and just a few decorations my favs. the nativity first. We think alike. Wonderful post and hope your day is stress free and relaxing . Nice to talk to you on messanger and I will be on later tonight.
    Hugs and Smile my dear friend
    Lisa

  12. Hi Gail, I love this entry.  So many don’t slow down enough to remember the reason for the season.  Thanks so much for your kind words on my site. 

  13. hey AG
    finally back..haha….busy week, n to top it all off, the modem crashed giving me beautiful days of rest without the net!! haha…
    wil come write when i’ve got time!!
    hugs

  14. Yeah you were right.  I accidentally wrote SSI instead of SSD ~smiles~.  It is disability I am shooting for.
     
    I checked out that site and everything seems to be kosher.  They have been certified, they have the 20:1 mixture.  I think you will be safe buying products from them ~smiles~.  It sounds like a really good deal too.

  15. Actually, i have a kinda love hate relationship to christmas. i too am tired. it won’t be long tho, before i am the grandma in the family, and we need one. there wasn’t much grandma presence in the lives of my kids, and we want it for theirs. (they’re not married yet)
     
    but….i’m putting a lot of thought into making it streamline and simple. the joy really shouldn’t be lost. the message shouldn’t be lost. it shouldn’t KILL anyone LOL.
     
    glad you stopped by!

  16.  
    Hey Ms. Germaphobe guess what? This year I have paid so much more attention to handwashing etc and I have been sick more often than I used to be. It sucks. I am still with ya on the cleanliness bit though. : )
     
     

  17. I agree and what else drives me nuts is that most people only think about the "reason for the season" in November and December when we should be doing it the whole year ’round.
    My MIL always sends us gift cards for either Wal-Mart, Home Depot or Lowes. We spend the same amount on them – but we actually buy them something – plus pay S&H to send it to them. I’ve told her over and over – please, take the money you were going to spend on us and  just pick up a couple of cards off of the angel tree and buy the kids something!  Don’t want to do that? Then donate $10.00to ____charity every month to help someone.
    But no, every year it’s the same thing. Everyone thinks Christmas is getting too commercial, and yet they are the very ones that keep it commercialized!
    AND…whatever happened to the idea of celebrating Christ the other 11 months out of the year?
     
    Ok, (climbing down, now) I finally convinced Chelle to see the surgeon that put the cath in. Of course, I had to describe to her how the infection, if left untreated, would further enhance the pain involved should they decide to take the cath out in the ICU, as opposed to the operating room. She has an appointment tomorrow morning at 11:AM.
     
    I guess one has to be a member of Yahoo in order to leave a comment. A while back I signed up and made Yahoo my home page after MSN kept changing things up all the time.  I added an identical blog (Like mine on spaces) on Yahoo 360 should any of Chelle’s friends wish to wander over.
     
    xoxo
    Dana

  18. Hello Gail,
     
    Yes, typical of today with worse to come.  The unnatural progression of things. I am tired of hearing so many things that take priority over what is truly important. Someday Judgement time will come. People need to stop and look at themselves a little closer. Even I need to look at myself, probably more than I do. The humanness is still there.
     
    Peace & Blessings.

  19. Hi Gail,
     
    I very much liked this entry! Makes a lot of sense to me.
     
    I’m hanging out in here for awhile, because I’m working on some things for you, and I need to know how your space looks, and what colors are in here, etc. 😀 I am, in other words, hogging your space!
     
    Have a great day/evening/morning!
     
    Lori

  20. I can’t believe it, but it was actually kindof WARM today! I was hot in my long sleeved thermal shirt. What is going on? LOL It was freezing cold until now.

  21. I’m so sorry to hear that the sweet little one is sick. I hope and pray that it passes soon. I’m feeling better but it’s gradual. I’m still coughing and sneezing and blowing. LOL

  22. Hey Gail.  Thanks for your input on the Word Study blog!  It’s good to see you there!  🙂
     
    I am actually leaning toward forging ahead with the book of Numbers then perhaps from there going to 1 Samuel.  I wrote a brielf blurb on it.  Feel free to add anything that’s in your heart about it.
     
    Love ya!
    Carol L. 🙂

  23. Gail, have I ever told you what a blessing you are???
     
    Well, you are – to the nines!  Your house is already decorated with the glorious gifts God has graced you with.  So, again, I say, you are a blessing!
     
    Love ya!
    CaroL 🙂

  24. Hi Gail,
    Heard there may have been a snow strom your way. We are so much in the same spirt, I started to write a story similar to this last night , havent posted yet but I will to.  Hope you are fine. I went throught your album of your little darling and she is beautiful to say the very least.
    Hugs
    Lisa

  25. ya i think sometimes we try to overdo it…
    :o) smiles are contagious…pass one to people that you love and those you don’t… :o)

  26. hello GAIL!
     
    Gee, it’s pretty in here… did you change something around??? I like it, whatever "it" is exactly.
     
    Ok, what you do now, is move your photo album to the center, so you get a nice big picture. Make a new photo album, and put in one picture, it will just sit there.. 😀
     
    TA DA!
     
    I hope you aren’t feeling depressed today… NO.. ADD A PICTURE!
     
    Hugs, Lori

  27. Ahhh… you changed themes!
     
    Nice, I like it. You should keep this. You can remove the snowflake from the center, later on if you like. I seem partial to the purples. Can you tell? LOL.
     
    HUGS, Lori

  28. When the Queen had Christmas "burn out" a few years ago, she announced she was out of there.  Since then the kids have done much (all) of the decorating.  The cooking is done by those who want the cookies, goodies, etc.  The Queen flees to the rear of the Castle, while the serf and kids take over the kitchen for a few days.  We cook what we want (serf makes coconut bonbons, haystacks & cheesecake) and the non-cook types can get a cut of the goodies by washing dishes.  We have learned to relax.  One year we skipped putting up a tree.  Instead, I hid presents all over the Castle and Christmas morning we had a huge treasure hunt with clues leading to each present.  The kids have often said that Christmas morning stands out on their memories.  When Christmas is no longer fun -we have perhaps missed the heart of God.  God is perhaps the original party animal.  They didn’t call the shindigs parties back then, they called them feasts!
     
    Thanks for coming On Board with your recent comment at my space.  The final disposition of The Paddle will be told in due time!

  29. Dear AG…read my blog, hubby has spoken. haha…How have you been? My Christmas tree is up…and I still have cookies to bake..but I still enjoy doing all that. 🙂 I love decorating stuff and giving presents. Well, don’t stress yourself up…and yes, we have to remember the true meaning of CHristmas. I will be having some non cHristian friends over for dinner… Hope it will go well. God bless and take good care of you!
    thinking of you!

  30. My massage therapy guy used the hydrocollator on my yesterday before he started, it was nice.  But then after a while it hurt worse.  My Chiro said to try heat and see what the results were.  If it was worse afterwards, stick with the ice for now.
     
    The house…don’t even ask.  NOT DONE.

  31. The question you asked, "Was the transition really all that simple for your family, ‘rett?", made me think a little about what had occurred in our home.  The transition was surprisingly smooth, not perfect, but overall well received when I consider how self centered and selfish we can be at times.  I wondered what had made the difference and thought of a few important things.  Perhaps, at the top of the list would be breast Cancer.  When The Queen had breast cancer a few years ago, it helped shift our focus off “things” and on people.  People became more valuable than anything else.  For us to put all of the holiday workload on one person, The Queen, was inconsiderate and unkind. 
    Another key is I love to cook (rumors I get flour on the ceiling are, for the most part, exaggerations) and the Princesses pitch in when sweets are desired.  Decorations are the domain of Princess Becca, who considered majoring in interior design. 
    During the transition time, The Queen and I made a critical decision for our family.  For many years we had run ourselves ragged, living a “do this and do that and do it all” high stress life style.  We decided we would simplify our lives.  We chose to do less, love more and have fun!  It has worked for us.  We are still very active, but we are having fun.          

  32. Hey Gail, came from somewhere..and read your comment on how to put a picture. it’s 1am, but I’ll leave this here for you.
     
    1) find a picture you like, and save it in Jpeg format.
    2) Next go to this web http://imageshack.us/ 
    3) click on upload file, and the browse button. That should send you to your computer. find the picture you want to upload and click on it. Then make sure the resize image and remove size blah blah buttons are clicked too.
    4) click on Host It!
     
    They should give you a list of urls you can use. I usually take the last one which reads "direct link to image."
    5) Copy that url, and paste it in the following script.
     
    <DIV><IMG SRC="url add here"></DIV>
    6) when you’re writing a new entry for your blog, you can see this html button. Click on that button and insert the whole script. CLick on html button again and the picture should appear. YOu can move it about by dragging. ALso if you right/left click..one of them, yo see an align preference. So if you click horizontal left, then your text will appear on the right side of your picture.
     
    Hope that helps. 🙂
    Take care AG, 🙂
    HUGS to you and all at home. 🙂
    with love..
     
     
     

     

  33. Ahhhh…Awesome ‘Hearts’ came by and helped.
    Had to come by and check on the ‘Construction Zone’
     
    Blessings in Him…Greg

  34. Ciao G,
    Wow, I love the new look, and colour that you added to your site, it is very nice…
    Hope that you are having a great day.
    The photos of the little one are so cute,,,she sure is beautiful.
    May God Bless You Ever So Much.
    Hugs & Kisses

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    LoveShelley
    xXx

  35. well Gail ,I have yet to start on Christmas ….from the consumer side that is .Maybe I will just leave it and see if himself does it all instead ..now that would be a miracle for Christmas …lol
     I did enjoy the first Sunday in Advent service while away though 🙂
     
    sorry to hear that you have all been sick ,you should know that men ALWAYS get it worse than anyone else .
    praying for you all ,that you will have a quick and full recovery
     
    love and blessings
    sandra

  36. Hi Gail,
    Thanks for the complements on my Grandson. I took your advice and tried to print them off on my printer and they turned out nice. I liked them because I love him so much,. So I will put them on a disk and get them printed on better paper and at a store. Gail I hope our freindsip coninues to grow in this coming year and you have been a blessing to me. I thank you for that.
    Hugs and smiles
    Lisa

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