From: Mary Zimmerman,
The Christmas season actually lasts until January 12, the baptism of our Lord. If you have formed any good and holy habits, then continue them all year long.
Did you see Jesus this Christmas season? (someone in need) I did, twice. I saw one man poorly dressed and without any socks on a cold day. I knew I should help him but before I knew it he was gone.
Christmas Eve we were invited by our oldest son Gene and his wife, Candy, for a heavenly banquet. Christmas Day, Jim and I attended 8:30 Mass. When I saw the nativity set, I fought back tears. Memory took me back many, many years to the time I was a child when everyone went to Midnight Mass, including my family. I remember going up to the nativity set with my mom and little brother, saying a little prayer and leaving a nickel or a dime in the dish beside Baby Jesus. My mind took me back seemingly not that long ago to the time our family would fill a whole pew, all seven of us. I’m sure I snuggled one child tightly in my arms. Again I had to hold back the tears that wanted to expose themselves so badly. All I could do was hope our family had all found their way to church on their own now that they are grown.
Our youngest grandchild, Eli James, shares his birthday with Jesus. What an honor. I understand he didn’t do very well in church, especially after he eyed the candy canes. Well he just entered his terrible two’s so I guess that’s to be expected. Conner Duane, now four, always likes going up during the children’s collection to give Father Jim a donation. This time he posed the question to his dad, “What does God do with all that money?”
Around noon after our daughter Lynette led us in a Christmas blessing, we enjoyed a delicious turkey and meatball dinner. As we were cleaning up afterwards, there was a knock on the door. Lo and behold, it was Santa Claus bringing all the children a gift and having a conversation with them. What a nice Santa Claus. We noticed Conner listened quite carefully when Santa told him, “I watch you all year long, so you better be a good boy.” Santa even brought me some candy - first asked if I’d been naughty or nice. I guess I’d have to say a little of both.
As you read this, we will be in a new year, perhaps new year’s resolutions made and broken. I just want to try to be a better person, perhaps spend less time couponing and more time praying. I like to pass the bargains on to my children, I guess that’s not all bad.
As so many of us have held Baby Jesus in our hearts this Christmas season, let us ask God the Father to wrap His arms around us and hold us tight, lest we fall, injuring our souls. Let this be our prayer - Oh Lord, open my eyes that I may see you, open my ears that I might hear your word, open my heart that I might love you, others and myself. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.