Christmas.... cooking, gift shopping, lines... These are the things that overwhelm people in America each year in December.
Let me share something very personal. I was 4 years old when the Soviet Union collapsed. I clearly remember long long lines to buy one loaf of bread ( white or black, no other options), one kind of milk, a little bit of sausage.... 1998... economy in Russia (only seven year old country) collapsed. Parents had jobs but they were not getting payed for SIX months at a time. Mom was a teacher, dad was an officer in the airborne troops. I didn’t know until later that after a 12 hour shift dad had to go and work nights to unload the trains to get some cash... We always had food on the table, but I did t know that mom wasn’t eating much... Holidays.... there would always be couple wrapped gifts for my sister and I. Candies and a toy.
Four of us lived in a studio till I was 12 years old, and my sister turned 9. Then we moved to a one bedroom apartment, which seemed like a lot of space!
I know that there are many of you here who could relate to my story one way or another.
We were poor, but I never felt that way. There was love in the family, wonderful friends, food on the table and laughter.
I hope that this Christmas in your house will be all about love and meaningful relationships. Even if you can’t put gifts under the Christmas tree this year, you still can bless someone with the gift of time and care. And that’s what you remember after all)