Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year!

Can you believe it is almost 2008? I remember as a kid thinking that I would be 26 when the year 2000 rolled around and that seemed really old. Now here it is almost 2008. Where does the time go? What have I been doing all these years?!? I know! - In 2000 I had my first child, soon followed by two more. When I look back to 2000, I can hardly believe how far we have come as a family. All the things we have accomplished, how we have grown, all the incredible ups and downs. It really is amazing. What I most notice though, is through all the worry and stress - we are doing great. I am lucky to have such a wonderful family. While I don't really like to do resolutions, this year I have one. I WILL NOT WORRY (so much)! Things seem to turn out OK whether or not I obsess about them. This is a big issue for me, so I think I will limit my resolutions to this one cause. I hope all of you have a wonderful New Year! If you do make resolutions - Good Luck!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Day After

I hope all you who celebrate had a great Christmas. Despite my bah humbugness about Christmas, we really had a wonderful day. The day was completely not overwhelming and the kids recieved a lot of great crafty activities and fun games. We are very fortunate to have the grandparents live across the street from us. They came over to watch the kids open gifts and then we all had (my favorite tradition) French Toast provided by my husband. Later we headed to my aunt/uncle in-laws (who live two houses away) for dinner with all the cousins. Very nice and low key. I hope you all had a warm and loving day!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Getting Old

How do I know I am getting old? My knees are aching! After working just three weeks, part-time, my knees are killing me from helping all the children. Most of their work is done on size appropriate tables or on the floor and my knees are paying the price ;-). I am only 34 - what will it be like when I am 44?!?!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Pageants

'Tis the season for Christmas pageants. What is a UU to do? Go with it! We had our annual children's Christmas pageant today. While I am sure quite a few in the audience do not believe in the Christmas miracle, everyone got something from the performance. The children did a wonderful job. I love seeing the kids put their own personalities into the play. Every child from five to eleven has some vital part to play. This year, the town of Bethlehem was not lacking in bakers, flock, and angels! I know it took a lot of courage for some of the kids to get up there and speak and, I, for one, was proud of them. I especially love that baby Jesus was played by two very cute little baby girls (we are an equal opportunity theatre ;-).

I imagine it must be difficult for UU ministers to address Christmas. Just the word Christmas dregs up so many different meanings and experiences for people. How do you provide a service that addresses all the positive and negative aspects of the holiday and make it meaningful? I don't have a good answer. Personally, I think Jesus would be disappointed that his birthday has become such an unbridled spending spree. While I am not a Jesus scholar, everything that I have read seems to indicate that Jesus advocated going out and doing good deeds, not sitting around and overeating and over spending in the name of his birthday*. I often think it would be much more in the spirit of his teachings that if on Christmas everyone went out a did something nice for someone else. Something that went beyond buying. Something that included getting to really know someone in need and working together to make the situation better. I know this is a cliche - but what a great world it would be if this actually happened.

Finally, though, I really like how our pageant ends with the thought that every child that is born is a miracle and that miracle is a wonder onto itself. To me, that is an excellent reason to celebrate Christmas.




* I know that it has been shown December 25th is probably not his actual birthday - but since the powers that be have deigned to use that date, so will I.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Celebrate


Happy Chanukah!

For those of you celebrating this miracle of light - Peace and Joy!


(My apologies for not posting this yesterday but the new job and a head cold has put me a little behind on everything.)