A Christmas in transition - Catholic Courier

A Christmas in transition

Merry Christmas!

It’s easy for me to say that now. A few weeks ago, however, I was having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit because my family is going through a time of transition. We sold our house in early December, but our new house is not ready yet. My parents were kind enough to take us in temporarily, and I can’t thank them enough.

The last few weeks passed in a blur of work, caring for toddlers, working on our new house and preparing for Christmas. When it became clear we wouldn’t be moved in by Christmas, I let myself become consumed by my disappointment at not being able to put up a Christmas tree or hang stockings, even though my parents had a beautiful tree and hung more than a dozen stockings — one for each family member — on their fireplace.

I soon snapped out of my funk and focused instead on the many blessings in my life. I had to laugh a few days ago when my grandmother pointed out some lighthearted similarities between our Christmas and that first Christmas so many years ago.

Both of our families, she said, did not find the lodging they’d expected. Both families were taken in by kindhearted people, although luckily for us our parents welcomed us into the house, rather than into their barn full of cattle. And both of us were visited by people and their flocks, although in our case, those people were not shepherds, but my siblings and their spouses and children. Some of these "shepherds" were like the Magi, too, because they traveled from the oh-so-far-away lands of Oklahoma and Texas, and they came bearing (many) gifts.

All 13 of us stayed in the house, and it was a magical Christmas indeed. I hope yours was just as merry!

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