It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

happy elf1By Diane Holloway

Beware, all you bah humbugs! I love Christmas — the shopping, the decorating, the cooking, the carols, the parties, the joyous spiritual fulfillment. Pretty much everything about December makes me smile. While others cringe at the first sight of the season, I get positively giggly. And I don’t care how early that comes. Hello, November jingles!

Besides my own family gatherings, sharing Christmas joy and love with our neighbors is the best part. I booked the St. David’s gym for our Trinity Center Christmas party way back in February and started pestering people to donate and volunteer in the heat of summer. I’m already looking at the calendar for 2016! This year’s festivities on December 13th will be spectacular!

I don’t get stressed about the prospect of filling 200 gift bags or serving 200 hungry souls a feast. I get excited and, yes, silly. Should I wear antlers or a big bow on my head to the party? Can I really rock a whole Christmas tree costume? Giddiness is the name of my game this time of year, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Of course I realize and fully appreciate how lucky I am to have a job I love, a family I love, a house to call home and lots of other accoutrements of a comfortable life. It breaks my heart that so many people are less fortunate and will be cold and lonely this time of year. But that’s even more of an incentive to share the joy of Christmas with others. Gifts are great, but hugs are better, and I’ve got plenty to give.

Trinity Center is already feeling the spirit of the season. Lady neighbors participating in our Tuesday crafts project are making beautiful decorations. Donations of coats and blankets and special food are arriving on a daily basis. It’s always a safe and happy place, but the Center is really catching the spirit of the season right now.

And the holy spirit is the basis for everything. During an especially beautiful Christmas Eve service at St. David’s a few years ago, I realized that Trinity Center is where I am meant to be. The neighbors are my people, and I love them deeply all year — but especially in this season of joy.

May the season bring us all peace, happiness and the joy of loving our neighbors! Can I get an amen? Amen!