Posted by : Sherri Cornelius Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Christmas post? From me? I know, right? I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been a bit bah humbug in years past. The season starting when the kids go back to school and ending at Christmas is usually the hardest, leanest, most stressful time of the year. Fall used to be my favorite until I had kids, when the money got tight and responsibility got heavy.

This year seems to be lighter, I think because I hit the reset button last Christmas. I came to terms with my issues surrounding giving and, especially, receiving. Refusing to participate was a way of staying in the everyday where it’s safe, staying in control. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, I realized that it was really selfish of me not to receive. To defy the season and deny someone else the soul’s pleasure of giving is selfish.

So like I said, I’m better this year. I’m ready to participate and stop being such a grouch this time of year. And in honor of my new attitude I’m even writing a holiday post! I still can’t believe it!

I wish you and yours a happy Christmas, however you muddle through.

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  1. I missed the grouchy side of you--didn't even know it was there. Thank goodness ;)
    Indeed. ;) I'm mostly grouchy inside where nobody can see. Easy to hide on the Internet.

    Merry Christmas, Sherri. May the New Year have much to give.

    Back at ya, dear.

  2. Same to you Sherri- you've given us all a lot this year- the least you can do is let us give something back, like best wishes and hopes for a wonderful new year for you and your family. Best of all, soon the holiday tumult will be over, and all of us can get back to some writing time! :)
    S: Amen to that, Sarah! But I am trying to live in the moment and enjoy it while I'm there. Writing will be there come January. :)

  3. Merry Christmas!! Woo! Glad to see you starting to get into the spirit. :)

    I do know how it feels though. There are moments when seeing other people so joyous and happy can be really ... grating. It's like rubbing a nerve raw. So I know. And I'm glad you were able to hit the reset button. Lots of people aren't able to, so "you done good," as the saying goes. :)

    All kinds of Christmasy *hugs* for you! Love you lil sis!
    S: Love you too. :) I think Dane getting that job renewed my faith. Also, you know, we're not broke. ;)

  4. I'm with Marta -- couldn't have been more surprised to learn that you had this angry dragon inside!
    S: Grrrrr!

    Resets, I think, are our friends.

    And a very happy Christmas to you, Sherri!
    Thank you, John!

  5. Well, in my real life, I am often quite happy about something, but I often don't show it or act more negative than I really feel about it because I know some people find this positive feeling grating.
    I have done that a lot, downplaying my happiness for public consumption. It doesn't really make sense to do that, though, if you think about it. The world needs more joyful proclamations.

    Of course, there are plenty times I feel negative and grouchy too.

    Happy Day.

  6. Ah, the inner Grinch gets us all from time to time, doesn't he? But never fear, though the world lay heavy on us and try to deflate our buoyant spirit, it can still soar when we look to others rather than ourselves.

    Or something.

    Whatever. I suck at philosophical. Instead, I'll just say Merry Christmas and God bless.

    My faith wasn't renewed by the job I got, but by everything which lead up to it, and having that paycheck sure helped me keep the season bright. I'm glad you found a way to do that too, and I'm even more glad I could be a part of it.

    Merry, Merry Christmas, and if I don't chat with you beforehand, Happy New Year.
    S: Thank you, dear Knyt, and to you. :)


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