Yes…a wrap-up, the pun was intended! I spent yesterday getting everything back in the boxes and everything dusted, vacuumed and relatively put back together. For me, it is a WONDERFUL feeling! I love my holiday decorations but I really like everything back in its place…which is funny since we moved to the new house three days before Thanksgiving and then really just put Christmas things out. So nothing actually had its “right place” but I am having a great time finding just those perfect spots (at least for now)! And we even have storage in our new home and don’t have to haul all the Christmas boxes to the storage facility…hoorah!!
I suppose I’ve also really been needing the sense of calm that comes when everything is back in order – at least on the outside. This holiday season came with some very difficult trials and situations for my family and for me personally. Our silent night, holy night seemed to be anything but….more like a howling, ugly storm! I really battled with self-pity – thinking “its not fair…Christmas shouldn’t be like this” but God met me and reminded me Christmas is not about me and my fairy-tale dreams of a Hallmark card holiday. As I began to purposely re-focus, God blessed our day in many special ways.
We were surrounded with love by family – even those who couldn’t be physically here at the house. The weather did not keep us from travelling to my brother’s house in the afternoon for Christmas dinner. And the day was beautiful and comforting in many ways. I write this to remind myself…as the days and weeks ahead are certain to be filled with continuing challenges and heartaches. However, I never walk alone.