Article by Linda J. Alexander
I recently ran across this quote from W. J. Ronald Tucker, “For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.” I’ll be honest with you–I have no idea who Tucker was, or what he did to become quotable. Just one of those thought-provoking sentiments we find on the internet and in which obviously, since it’s all over the web, many others have found merit.What does it mean to you to keep an appointment with Christmas? There are many traditions surrounding the holiday, coming from so many different backgrounds, and each one of us probably has at least a few different “appointments” we keep every year. Some of the Christmas appointments I keep:• I make it a point to share time alone with my Christmas tree. There are evenings when I’ll slip up to the living room in my jammies, lay on the sofa, and just stare, mesmerized, at the twinkling lights and sparkling decorations, some which have very special meaning to me. Memories flood my mind of Christmas past, over the years and years when I’ve done this very same thing. It’s always been a moment of peace for me, no matter what else has been going on in my life.• I buy a few presents for my now-adult sons which are solely spiritual in nature. I’ve done this since they were babies, and they’ve come to expect it. While I love and enjoy the idea of buying and giving all sorts of fun and useful gifts, this one practice brings home the reason that we personally celebrate the season.• I fill stockings very early on Christmas morning, before I go to bed and prior to the day’s festivities. I intentionally wait to do those stockings–the practice makes me feel at one with the heart of the holiday… no one else in the house is awake and it’s just me and Christmas for those few moments.• Wherever I am, whether at my mother’s house or my aunt’s house or my sister’s house, I will gleefully clean the kitchen after the meal. My motto is, “I’ll clean for you if you’ll cook for me.” There’s something satisfying to be the one to pick up the remnants of a delicious, well-enjoyed Christmas feast, and then put the space back in order.• I personally believe in sending out religious Christmas cards to my close friends and family. It’s my personal card list, and they know who I am. They know what I believe. And everyone, no matter their spiritual beliefs, is well aware, if only by virtue of the holiday’s name, that Christmas is a religious holiday. My cards are always a gentle message of spiritual love and universal happiness for a time of year that evokes the hope for all that, and more. I feel that my appointments with Christmas are in line with those of the wise Mr. Tucker, important dates of “fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving… good cheer, home.” Think about your own personal appointments with Christmas. What do you do, every single year, intentionally and thoughtfully? What means enough for you to make a Christmas appointment, and keep it?
About the Author
Linda J. Alexander is a Maryland author. Over 20+ years, she’s had 5 books published, including her most recent, Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism, and many articles. Linda uses 123print.com for her marketing and personal print needs.
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