Years ago, before I had children and when they were young, I made all of my Christmas gifts and cards. I loved doing this. The planning of the perfect creative gift for each recipient and making them throughout the year.
Then I started working at the Post Office. With this, I kind of lost the love of Christmas I always had when I was younger. I am exhausted when I get home at this time of year. Never feel like going shopping to get the gifts. My kids kept giving me their list later and later in the year and I felt pressured to buy from that list or they would be disappointed. This year, I was diagnosed with cancer again in the fall. When I would have normally been scouring the malls for gifts, I was going through chemo and was very sick. The medical bills have been mounting so the money isn't there to spend on what the kids want. I was feeling more stressed than ever. I was dreading the holiday that has always been my favorite.
I prayed about it and had an overwhelming feeling of peace. Then I decided that I was setting a tight budget for gifts. Anyone I hadn't bought for before I got sick was only getting a small gift of $25 or less. Then I bought the tickets to Glory of Christmas, the show that our church puts on every year. The kids and I went to that the Thursday after Thanksgiving. I am still feeling stressed over work and the tests that I have to go in for next week, but I am no longer dreading Christmas.
Next year, I have already decided that if I can't make it, noone will get it. I am looking forward to creating the perfect gift for all of my loved ones. Things that they will treasure long after I am gone. I hope you all enjoy your holiday season to the fullest.