For the first in my life Christmas was solely about the birth of Jesus.
There was no stress about shopping, or baking or crowds or a dinner menu.
There was no joy in watching and sharing with children and adults in gift exchanging.
It was the humblest of Christmas'.
I would like to say it was a conscious choice but it wasn't.
It was because of others' choices.
We are still feeling those effects and will be for a long time.
The year ended totally unexpected.
Thus I ended the old year and started the new year continuing to have The Unexpected Life.
In spite of that, this Christmas lesson taught me to be mindful in the future that not everyone is having a "Merry Christmas".
That focusing on Jesus is a needful thing and a blessing especially in trying times.
Remembering, that even when things are going well, especially when things are going well, Christmas is after-all about His birth.
I know this is off-timed but it has taken me this long to get to this point.
May the New Year be filled with blessings beyond what we can imagine!
"We may not know when or how the Lord's answers will be given, but in His time and His way, I testify, His answers will come." ~ Robert D. Hales