Ahh Christmas! Just the word puts a smile on my face as warm thoughts flood my mind from my childhood. My parents did Christmas well. I was raised far from extended family so our holiday time was simple and focused on time together. We enjoyed the simplest of things, such as skating on our homemade backyard rink which was a yearly devotion, my dad would stand for hours in the cold of night watering that rink to be made ready for our use come daytime. We always went to the forest for our tree….hot chocolate was sipped on the tailgate of our truck. It was the simple things that I treasure the most in my heart…
The question asked, the mantra of “All I want for Christmas” is instilled in us from a very young age. It’s the question children hear from parents eager to please their precious ones with hopes to give them that special something high on their wish list. Even Santa Clause’s question to them is, “What do you want for Christmas?”
Like you, I’ve carried this thought/song/tradition through to my adulthood, asking my son the very same question. Thirteen years ago this question took on a whole different perspective for me. My husband, son and I had returned to Canada from living and working abroad for four years. The re-entry was particularly challenging for my son and me. We had left part of our “family” behind. Years of work to unite us all together was being met with dead-ends, frustration and emotional exhaustion not to mention the financial burden. We received miraculous news July of 2004 informing us that the adoption of our youngest child was complete. Little did we realize that to get her to Canada even from this place of finalization was going to be another test of our strength and determination.
With 2004 coming to an end we still had no idea of when our daughter would be released to us, my husband and I got seriously focused…..and pursued a way for our daughter to finally come home to us. Because all I wanted for Christmas was…….her! Finally, after a 4 1/2 year long separation we were united together again…..on Christmas!I know there are others just like me at this space of time in your life….with a longing, a strong desire, a heart ache to have someone or something manifest in your life that you’ve been waiting for. Please don’t give up. I never did, yet could have so easily.
What do you want for Christmas? If health is an issue…keep going…pursue all you can to attain the health and fitness level you desire. A relationship to be reconciled or restored….pursue all you can to see this through to completion. A financial breakthrough….pursue all you can to see your actions produce a harvest. With no intention to minimize any difficulty you are facing right now, only with hopes to simply add comfort and encouragement for you to pursue all that you want for Christmas.
And with this in mind….I wish you a very Merry Christmas and may your soul prosper abundantly in the new year!