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Thursday, December 6, 2007

In the Mood

Let's see, it's December 6 (the official beginning of the Christmas season) and I am already weary of it all. I am blaming it on the fact that I deal with the general public day in and day out and the general public can often be, in a word, rude. That's right—rude. I work on phones all day long and come home with a headache daily because one too many persons decided to slam the phone in my ear or scream and yell at me or worse...I really don't like being called an "idiot." The challenge is to remain sweet and cheerful for I can catch a foul mood just as quickly as the next person. The strain of being sweet and cheerful (so far I have managed...;>) is taking its toll. "Just three more weeks of this," I say to myself every night as I drag myself over the snowbanks to the lot at the furtherest end of the building.

In the meantime, I must reclaim my Christmas joy. It is not about the decorations, gifts (ackkkk), and food of the season, it is about the fellowship and love around the One who was willing to show up on this planet in the first place.

When I taught first graders, I would tell the story of Christmas in ways that they could better understand. "And she wrapped Him in *burial cloths and laid Him in a cow's dish." (*Jesus was the only baby ever born who was meant to die.)

Over the past few nights, I have been reading Max Lucado's "Traveling Light." At one point, Lucado asks his readers to ponder just this line: The Lord is my Shepherd. When I do that in the way that I told the Christmas story to first graders, it simply astounds me. Try it and see!

In the meantime, wishing you and yours the most meaningful Christmas season ever!


  1. It sounds like you have one of the most mentally draining jobs out there...don't let the rude people steal your Christmas spirit! You need to come home, put up your feet, have a cup of tea and stare at that gorgeous Christmas tree of yours. I must say, your home looks the most Christmasy of all the ones I've seen yet...

    Take care of yourself,

  2. Don't let those unhappy customers rob you of your joy this season! 'Stuff' sometimes makes it so hard to focus on the real meaning of Christmas...but 'stuff' can't take it away. Have a great day today, Vee!

  3. Oh dear, you don't deserve it, but just realize that those strangers don't know how sweet and lovely you are!! Customer service is an ugly job, but luckily someone like you is doing it, with a smile on!!

  4. Hope you get the chance to take some time out before Christmas to put your feet up.

  5. Okay, take a deep breath, put your feet up, here's your glass of nog...I said nog, not grog...don't go getting goofy on me now...close your eyes and I'll read to you "Twas the Night Before Christmas"...I have such a soothing voice...it's the Southern Accent I think, okay now Vee, ready? Twas the night before Christmas...


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