Christmas is here to celebrate

It is Christmas day if you haven’t already figured that out.  All businesses, shops, banks, and even Wal-Mart is closed.  Yes, even Wal-Mart.

It is hard to believe that Christmas is here.  I mean I wait all year long for Christmas and then it comes and goes in what feels like less than 5 minutes.

This year, however, I am going to take the time to sit and bask in the glow of my tree and all the wonderful aromas that fill the air.

I am going to take the time to read the Christmas story, which is found in Luke 2 in case you were wondering. And I am going to really think about what Jesus did for me 2000 years ago.

Amid all the chaos that Christmas brings, one must admit that it does bring a certain joy into one’s heart. I am in hopes that the special Christmas letters section brings a joy and warmth that only a child can give this Christmas day.

I would like to thank my fellow Winston Countians for being so supportive of the Letters of Gratefulness. I have had a myriad of people approach me and offer words of encouragement to continue writing in the newspaper.  To be honest changing from Santa Letters to Letters of Gratefulness was my husband Joseph’s idea. I was very reluctant about the change, but quickly realized that even I had forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.

Writing these articles has enlightened me to make a difference in my own life.  My kitchen has been turned into a bakery and now all my nieces and nephews want to come to our house just to see what Aunt Hanna is baking.

When my sister calls me for the 15th time in the same day, I answer her as if I haven’t spoken to her all day.

When I get the chance to help my dad Christmas shop, I eagerly help him because, bless his heart, he has terrible fashion taste. I will give credit where credit is due.  My dad has a good eye for jewelry, just not so much for clothes.

These are all just little things that may be a little humorous to some, but I know I have helped my family. I don’t mean this to sound boastful because that is not my point.  My point is that I really have tried to give more this Christmas.  Not materially, but spiritually.  What did you give this Christmas?

Joseph, Eli, and I wish and hope that this is your best Christmas yet. We pray that you allow the love of Christ to flow through you and onto others. And just to put it simply- Merry Christmas!


Editor’s note: Hanna McCain is an advertising consultant with the Winston County Journal, Choctaw Plaindealer and Webster Progress Times.