Monday, December 27, 2010
People started arriving around noon and kept coming until around 2 PM. It was great to see friends from our meetings and enjoy their company. I knew that all the work was worthwhile when one lady from a meeting came up to me and said, "You know this is the best Christmas I have had in a long time." She had tears in her eyes.
There was way more to eat than was needed which is usually the case with us. We worry that there isn't enough and thus overcompensate. So yesterday, on Boxing Day, I boxed up some cookies, fudge, and BBQ and took it to some friends. I also took containers of everything to C.'s parents house so that they could enjoy the food as well. We will still be eating it this week.
After every one left on Christmas day, and we had put away the food and washed dishes, I went for a ride to the beach. I reflected on the day: the build up to the day, and now the aftermath of it all. What came to mind was that Christmas was work, a lot of work. I worked to prepare food, to help decorate, to buy gifts, to keep my expectations from overwhelming me, and to be a good host. Although there is a great outpouring of energy into all of this, I know that I received a lot back. I reflected on seeing the delight that others had and my being part of a big family that I never had. I had a feeling of such great love for my wife who is probably the best person that I know.
At the end of it all, I can truly say that it would be a marvelous thing if the spirit of that one day could extend to every day.