Three…two…one…and they’re off!
The doors swing wide as a stampede of eager shoppers flood the stores. Bumped-up security, the hottest toys of the season that sell out within five minutes, and several sale stickers adorn the window let me know that it’s officially Christmas.
Let’s see, Angel wants this, Chariot wants that, Jacob can’t live without those, and Zeke and Charlotte’s too little to appreciate those light-up things, but who cares? I’ve got to get him and her at least five of them. After all, that’s what this time of year’s all about, right?
I swear, if that woman doesn’t quit bumping into me, I’m going to tell her off. Doesn’t she understand that I’ve got to get that for my mom, too or Christmas won’t be complete? And my goodness, why do the lines have to be so long? Isn’t anyone working today? If someone doesn’t open a register within five minutes, I’m going to speak to a manager, so help me--and I‘m timing it, too.
After 20 minutes standing impatiently in line, I’m finally at the register. It’s how much, and for only six items? Okay, here’s my card. Just zap it through the machine. I’m sure the American Express people are going to love me. I can’t believe I spent that much money on my mom, nieces and nephews alone. There’s still my sisters, and then there’s Waylon, Tracey, Windy, Susan, and the list goes on and on.
I walk through the door and I’m wore out. Forget Grandma. I feel like I just got ran over by a reindeer. I’m staring at the pile of Christmas cards that I really don’t want to fill out. They’re too much trouble. Oh, gosh…Here’s comes Dandie, my trusty Boston terrier. She jumps into my lap and gives me a ton of kisses. Yep, she’s her daddy’s little girl.
Wait…perhaps this is what Christmas is all about--love; the love of family, friends and toward one another. After all, love was the first gift of Christmas, in the form of a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. It amazing. I taught her how to sit, fetch and to potty outside, but she taught me that gifts wrapped in pretty paper is only temporary but love lasts forever.
This Christmas, remember the real reason for the season. Remember to always love one another and cherish things that are more important. From my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas and God bless us, everyone.