Our nation has just celebrated Thanksgiving. The brave took to the road, tired of being apart from loved ones and confused by the information from our leaders and others. Now everyone is saying this Christmas will be different. As I look back over the past nine months, I wonder how we can make this “different” better.
Since we moved to Virginia, I’ve been working from home. My day starts around 6 a.m., sometimes earlier. In the summer, the sun was already up, shining over my red roses. I sip my coffee and start my work day, with meeting after meeting. We are busy but everyone used to be cheerful.
Across the street at a day care, cars used to arrive one after another, dropping off little children dressed in colorful clothes. They were like little chicks running around: some laughing from excitement, others screaming, unhappy to be apart from their mothers. The noise bubbled over until 8 a.m. before everything returned to normal—quiet. Later, around 5 p.m., the street would return to life as people got out of work and parents returned for their kids. This time all the children were excited: some ran toward their moms with pictures in hand, others with crafts.
Since March, the scene is different. I see no one riding on the school bus.The street is still and eerie. My morning is missing the colorful flock of chicks, their giggles and screaming. The cars are getting dusty in everyone’s driveways. We go quickly to get food and return to our “ship,” our safe harbor. People turn on the TV to see some light, some hope, but the news makes us feel even worse. We worry about family, friends, our jobs. Everyone is getting tired, too tired at times to even keep worrying.
On the other hand, I’m happy I can work from home. It’s a privilege and I’m grateful. I feel the tension at work as we’ve had a few rounds of layoffs and more are on the horizon, but we still are supporting each other.
The bad, the pain, has forced us to slow down and think about the important things in life. Will Christmas be different this year? Yes, definitely. But its intent can be the same if we keep the main reason behind it alive. Now more than ever we need to take care for those in need and share what we have. Some remain prosperous, others have less, but I think we can all share something of ourselves. We can buy fewer non-essential goods that only end up piled up in our closets. We can make donations to people in need and make their Christmas brighter. Check on your neighbor. Maybe they lost their job and can use some extra cash to get food or pay their rent or other bills. After all, sharing and love are the true meanings of Christmas.
To cheer friends and followers, I recorded one of my stories, The Christmas Thief, in English and Bulgarian. You can listen to them on YouTube.
Let’s bring calmness to our busy, stressful days and see the lights of the season. Sit next to the fire, relax, and enjoy.
I’m confident next year will be better. The kids can return to school, play sports, and have birthday parties. We can go to movies and games and have a huge bucket of popcorn or a hotdog. We need to believe!
Here are a few Christmas books from author friends of ours. We hope you find something to make the season merry. Health and Blessings to everyone.
Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine December 2020: https://books2read.com/u/4EPpV0
Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine December 2018: https://books2read.com/u/4DgDM7
The Gift by Rhonda Hopkins: https://books2read.com/u/bprYvg
The Christmas Thief by Ronesa Aveela:
Secret Santas by Sylva Fae: https://books2read.com/u/4XLepv
Children’ Christmas Collections:
(boxed set of all 4 ebooks): https://books2read.com/u/3yzQAn
Christmas in Greece by Millie Slavidou: https://books2read.com/u/4NXez6
Christmas Elfabet by Katie Weaver: https://books2read.com/u/baaqeQ
Cami and Wyatt Share the Christmas Spirit by Stacy Bauer: https://books2read.com/u/b6KGN6
The Very, Very, Very Bad Gingerbread Boy by Cusper Lynn: https://books2read.com/u/mKyVnZ
Mary & Bright by Katherine E. Hamilton: https://books2read.com/u/mBGDQy
A Country Christmas by Melanie P. Smith: https://books2read.com/u/4XLER9
Christmas Surprise by Melanie P. Smith: https://books2read.com/ChristmasSurprise2
Christmas Crafting with Lacey by Lacey Lane: https://books2read.com/u/mYAqwP
More Christmas Crafting with Lacey by Lacey Lane: https://books2read.com/u/bQde8Z
Adult Humor / Graphic Novels
The Ugly Christmas Sweater Cats’ Revenge by Cusper Lynn: https://books2read.com/u/bWP6Xz
Snarking All The Way by Cusper Lynn: https://books2read.com/u/3kABRG