I love Christmas. I love bringing out the decorations, setting up the tree and looking at it all season long. I even enjoy packing it all away, because I know I’ll be bringing it all out again soon.
What I haven’t enjoyed over the last few years is trying to squeeze a good time out of what was left of our Christmas dinner traditions. What worked when I was ten had gotten pretty stale, but Mom held on to it like it was gold. Thankfully, I had directed the family towards catered meals instead of week long cooking and cleaning marathons, but still my primary reaction to the celebration was that something serious was missing.
My family called me the Queen of Christmas, but my kingdom was shrinking. First we lost Aunt Edie and then Dad. One thing I realized as I sat next to Mom in her last days was that Christmas as we’d known it was over. I just wasn’t sure what Christmas would be in the future.
They say that God works in mysterious ways, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that the Sunday after Mom passed away someone got up in
Sunday School Life Group and introduced a project they were working on. At first, I thought, “This project has Bill written all over it,” so I encouraged him to take an interest in it. Last night we attended a gala kickoff event and I decided, this project has ME written all over it.
The project is Operation Care International’s 10th Annual Christmas Gift for the Homeless. The reason I thought it was perfect for Bill was because our Life Group friend is in charge of logistics and Bill is all about logistics. In addition, Bill has a heart committed to helping the poor. It was a perfect project for him.
Then at the gala I listened to the testimonies of people who had been touched by this charity and I heard Mike Yankoski, the author of Under the Underpass, talk about his five months living among the homeless – living among them by choice, mind you! One of my life missions has always been to keep the arts alive for everyone, a worthy goal I’m thrilled to be a part of the Gift for the Homeless.
The project is huge and I’m sure Bill and I both will find many ways to plug in over the coming months, as well as the Dallas Convention Center on Saturday, December 21, 2013.
How about you? Have you been looking for a way to infuse a little meaning into a stale celebration. I know charities everywhere are in particular need around the holidays, but this is where I’m plugging in. Would you like to join me?