And my Christmas spirit is not particularly there. So this morning, my wife and I are wrapping presents for a girl at the city orphanage. She filled out a list, and we have all of her items now--the skinny jeans in pink, makeup, the pink Converse shoes, the iPod, the tee shirts, the striped socks, etc. A lot of things were on her list. I think that she will be a happy kid on Christmas.
We did this last year too. Giving to a girl from the orphanage made us feel good. We met some of the staff at the wrapping party for the kids. That party is being held on Sunday at the organizer's house, who is a sailing friend. He and his wife have no kids, and so they have organized this gifting to the orphans for two years.
It's clearly apparent that we don't need or want anything for Christmas. Most all of the 90+ boxes of dishes, crystal, porcelain, etc. have gone to the antique auction house. The big auctions for Mom and Pop's things will be coming up in January. We have kept a few things that are special to us. But they had so much that we would have to build a 3000 sq. ft. addition on our house to display the things. How many sets of dishes does a person need? How many crystal bowls or wine glasses or champagne flutes? It feels good to have cleared out the storage container.
Our lives are amazingly calm and content at the moment. I have been going to meetings. One of the meetings has started a beginner meeting for those newcomers who show up. I led that the other night. There is nothing like a newcomer to remind me of where I was. Her brother is an addict, and she found that she was obsessing and anxious about him and what his addiction was doing to her parents. These stories are repeated over and over again in the rooms. I'm glad to be there to share the message of hope. It is the time for that and maybe some miracles too.
|Last year's gifts for the orphans ready to be delivered.|