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This Christmas I was reminded of a cheesy-but-true lesson – love is all you need.
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I was also reminded how amazingly blessed I am.  The day after Christmas we saw one of the ladies in our townhouse complex that we know is a fellow Christian.  She’s a single mom to two young boys.  The only gift she was able to afford to give her youngest son was a Bible and a special case, and he absolutely loved it.  When one of the boys was asked by my husband what he got for Christmas, he said “Santa brought me a Nintendo Wii!  Chris replied with “cool! me too!”, which was met with a “but you’re old” expression on his face.  “Yeah,” the mom said in a lowered voice, “and I don’t have a clue who Santa is”.  Someone had given them a Nintendo Wii anonymously.  I realized in that moment how selfish and stuff-driven I can sometimes be.  I don’t want to be that way, and I am always asking God to keep my conscience sharp and attuned to his will for me.  I got alot of gifts this year, given to me by people who love me.  Nothing terribly extravagant, but far more than many people in this city, and especially around the world.  In the end, though, it’s just stuff, and I wouldn’t be sad if I lost it all tomorrow.  I have the love of my (two) families, my awesome friends, my incredible husband, and most importantly, the Almighty God who created me.
Really, love is all you need.

I’d just like to mention that last year was decidedly unwinter-ish here in Toronto – it didn’t even snow significantly until like February, and even then it was pathetic. I understand that Toronto is geographically more South than the Northern bit of California, and the Southernmost part of Canada, but still. It’s CANADA! It needs to have snowstorms, and ice, and “winter storm watches”. I miss the 5 foot snowbanks that stay from November – April every year. That’s what I had growing up in New Brunswick. It was pretty fun & exciting, especially on those glorious snow days!

Fast forward to now – December 17, 2007. Yesterday was a fantastic snowstorm that dumped around 30 cm of snow on the GTA, and while that may not be that much to some parts of Canada… for Toronto it’s plenty! Because our brilliant city hasn’t plowed any side roads since mid-afternoon yesterday (before the storm was done), the drive to pick up my friends this morning on the way to work took about 18 minutes. It was 2 km. Soooo… I decided to stay home from work today. Hurray for snow days (even if self-mandated)!

Yesterday was a great day to have a storm, I must say. Saturday night was our Christmas party with the six of us (our best friends, the Carson’s and the Coker’s). It was good times of hanging out, eating, watching a movie, and exchanging gifts (I got the Hairspray soundtrack (!!!) & some scrapping stamps), and then the Coker’s slept over. In the morning the snow had started, so what did we do? Stay in, like smart people? No! Why would we do that? We went on an adventure to Zeller’s and Tim Horton’s (really close to our house)! There was pretty well no one at Zeller’s (a great time to do some Christmas shopping), so we walked around, bought a couple of things for Christmas, and then went to Timmie’s, where there was a line-up like 6 people long. Welcome to Canada! Then we went home, where Mat seized the opportunity to throw off his pacifist convictions and seek global domination through the brutal destroying of the weak, in the game of Risk. Finally, we drove the Coker’s home (again in the snow). I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a snowy day!

I love Christmas.  Who doesn’t?  (That’s a rhetorical question).  In honor of this super-duper holiday, I give you… my top ten best things of Christmasy Christmasness:

10. Lights (so pretty. too bad the LED money-saving ones are ugly. oh well, I sucked it up because I’m cheap frugal).

9. Turkey Dinner (nothing beats Mom’s Christmas turkey dinner with everything just right… East Coast style dressing, dill pickles, and all the vegetables you can eat!  Of all the moves and changes throughout my childhood, this is one very yummy thing that was constant every single year).

8. Snow (I remember looking out the window framed with Christmas lights and seeing the freshly fallen foot of snow sparkling in the light of the street lamp… along with the awesome snow fort I had built with my friends earlier that day).

7. The music (I start listening to my Christmas music on November 1st each year, and I NEVER get tired of it.  Favorite song is the Hallelujah Chorus.  I love them all, really.  Except the Christmas Shoes song which I hate so much it makes me want to scream).

6. Real Christmas trees (I’ve had a real one every year of my life.  One year, my Mom wanted to get a fake one, so they bought it, set it up, and it was so amazingly terribly ugly and wrong.  All 5 of us stood around it for about 6 seconds, then promptly jumped in the car and went and bought a real one.  The fake one was never seen again).

5. Giving gifts (I hate the commercialism associated with Christmas, but I have to say… it’s awesome getting a little something for someone I care about, and seeing them open it and be happy! I love it!  It’s especially sweet when you get unique gifts that you know they’ll totally love… like when I went to Kenya last month, and “may or may not have” bought some Christmas gifts there).

4. Candy Canes (my family is obsessed with “real” candy canes, with all the proper stripes, etc.  The fake ones are quite reprehensible, and frankly not worth the energy required to consume them, in our opinions).

3. Christmasy specials and movies (The cute ones like The Grinch and Miracle on 34th Street, and It’s a Wonderful Life, not the creepy/weird ones, except Elf, which is weird, but somehow heart-warming).

2. Family & Friends (predictable? Maybe, but I bet most people don’t really realize how fortunate they are to have family and friends… I don’t usually… but Christmas makes me remember and be thankful for the amazing gift that they are).

1. Jesus! (Of course you knew that I had to put Jesus, didn’t you.  I blame Sunday School. Honestly though, it’s true. It never ceases to amaze me that God loves me so much that he came to earth as love incarnate, just to pay my debt).

Merry Christmas!  May you know the joy and love that is our awesome God desiring a relationship with you and demonstrating His love to you with a baby in a manger 2007-ish years ago!

 

Hence the new look. The black really appealed to me on many levels … but I can only go for so long without having some color in my life. We’ll see how long this one lasts. I’m a free spirit… or so I like to think. I like tradition and repetition in many things, but sometimes I’m a bit of a spaz. I’m always trying new things, and it sometimes backfires on me. Like ordering a new, strange/exciting sounding dish at a restaurant, even though the shrimp pasta is lookin mighty fine, as always. Then, I end up hating what I ordered, or just not enjoying it as much as I think longingly of that shrimp pasta which surely would have tasted better than this sorry excuse for amazing.

I could go back to the old blog theme with a few clicks of the proverbial mouse, with no harm done, no money wasted. Nevertheless, I think I’ll stick with this one for now.

I’m sitting here in my dark living room, lit only by strings of Christmas lights, and our Christmas tree in the corner. This is my absolute favorite time to be at home (these weeks before Christmas when all is “aglow” with Christmas-ness). I’m sitting here, feeling sleepy even though it’s only 9:36pm. This makes me feel old. And yet I love it. I feel dreamy (whatever that means). My kitty is curled up next to me on the back of the couch, and is purring. He’s so cute.

I don’t really have anything particular to say. I guess I wish I did. Other people always seem to have just the right thing to say on their blog that makes them look cool, or unique, or thoughtful, or something. I wonder why I even have this blog. That’s a problem with human nature… one can never really have pure intentions. If I say it’s only because I want to journal my thoughts and engage in discussion and interaction with others, I’m probably partly lying. If I say it’s totally a tool to make myself look cool to other people, then I’m really selling myself short. I’m flawed, but I don’t think I’m that shallow! I think I have mixed intentions, if I’m being totally honest. What can I say? I am a victim of generation Y, which means I really value being genuine. Hence, this honest examination of my blogging motives.

Why do you blog? I think only like 3 people ever read this thing, but if you’re reading this, then post a comment. Tell me why you blog (or don’t blog)…

I'm Red, he's Honey. I'm the writer of this blog and the source of your entertainment and/or boredom. We're parents of an exceptionally adorable child, and we have no idea what we're doing! This blog is the outlet for my thoughts along the way - welcome! Pull up a couch, grab a cup of tea, and stay a while! Or back away slowly. Whatever works.




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