I stopped by the grocery store this afternoon to pick up some food for the weekend. Thankfully I’m done Christmas shopping so I wasn’t feeling the stress of the season or the lateness of the date that (unfortunately) many around me seem to be feeling.
After an angry encounter in the parking lot (someone thought I was going instead of coming because I sat in my car a little too long), I came into the middle of some holiday hostility. A man was openly berating his wife as she stood in front of a display of dried fruits, trying to make a decision.
Many thoughts passed through my mind at that moment, including an urge to hit him over the head with my purse. I decided against that, and paused to know peace for them in that moment, and then moved on. The incident reminded me of what’s wrong with the holidays and how far we’ve come from what they should be bringing into our lives during these seasons where we celebrate and seek out the Light.
I don’t know how I managed and still can’t fathom how working parents get it done. The time investment, the money, the stress from work and other obligations – it all converges to create more debt, more headaches and more stress than any of us need any time of the year, and especially at Christmas.
We’re missing the point in all the frenzy, but how do we pull back without making our families feel like they’re less-than? The first week back at school after the holiday break can be brutal for kids whose presents were lacking.
How do we teach the lessons of the season detached from the treasure trove of presents in a way that is meaningful and not hurtful?
While I am clear that the answer isn’t more or different gifts (I’ve written about that here) I still don’t have any pat answers, and I am glad that more of us are having these conversations.
No surprise, Michael Gott wrote a song that captures the deep desire inside many of us for a more peaceful experience this time of year. His song, A Quiet Christmas is found on his holiday album – along with a whole list of terrific songs – All is Calm, All is Bright.
You can hear the song here (move the time ahead to 6:40) but to truly experience the richness of the music and song (and to support the artist!), get the album (or download the single song from iTunes).
Here are some excerpts from the lyrics:
Too much – too much to do; too little time to get it done. Too fast – my life goes by too fast; I’m on the fly and on the run,…where’s the joy – where’s the peace?
We all long to find that quiet Christmas. From my heart to yours, knowing this year that you will find your joy, your peace, your truth.
And so it is.
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