The word 'merry,' linked as it is with Christmas [Merry Christmas] means cheerful and lively. And has also within its meaning festiveness and rejoicing. That's a lot to put into one word! And one holiday. I was thinking about this yesterday as I sat in one of the living room chairs. I'd been reading a novel and dozing. Okay, dozing. It was Sunday afternoon, after all.
I hadn't slept well the night before and, although I'd put it on the calendar as a task for the day, I just wasn't up to setting up any Christmas decorations. Not then. Not yesterday. Didn't feel merry. Not cheerful and certainly not lively. But that doesn't mean that I wasn't rejoicing that the very next day would be December 1 [today].
For me Christmas lasts all month long. It is more a frame-of-mind than a single day of the year. It is a holiday wrapped in a tissue paper layer of spirituality because I use the day to celebrate in my heart the birth of a savior. It is a holiday wrapped in colorful paper, ribbons and bows of family and friends. We don't see everyone on Christmas Day itself...and some years there are far-flung family members we don't see in person at all. However, all are thought of and sent wishes for a sweet holiday.
I have memories of awesome Christmases filled with parties and dinners and people and presents. I also have memories of Christmases lonely and bleak. That is how Life can be. Even though this year of 2014 has been a year full of trials and challenges and obstacles, I find my heart beginning to tap a little beat, like the Little Drummer Boy, for a very, merry holiday. This year I shall choose to make it merry.
Next time, let's talk about Christmas JOY.