(Dec 22) Receiving the Gift

As much as I love Christmas, there is a pressure I feel every year. It’s not the pressure of buying gifts and getting them wrapped. I am always prepared. I make my list and check it twice. It’s not even the pressure of all the parties we host. My wife and I always enjoy having people in our home, especially during the Christmas season.

While hard to explain and maybe even harder to understand, I feel the weight of the Christmas season coming to an end. When I am listening to Christmas music in November, I feel no pressure. There is so much time left. But once you get to December, the season begins slipping away. Knowing the time is short compels me to enjoy each day, but it also creates an internal pressure that is hard to put into words. Strange, I know!