From the first day of our marriage, my sweet Dulcinea and I have gotten along famously and have had very few serious disagreements. That being said, we do have pet peeves, and of all the little pet peeves my wife has about me, there is one that really gets her. Fortunately it only comes out once a year:
My alter ego - November 1 through December 24th
My list of things I don't like about Christmas is very cliche, and boils down to how much the commercialization of Christmas bugs me. I know - very original (I said it was cliche).
What a self-righteous rant!
The scriptures and God's prophets are constantly counseling us to "be in the world but not of the world." Certainly this counsel should apply to our attitude towards one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar. If I allow my own self-righteous indignation to crowd out the Spirit of Christmas, don't I trivialize it far more than the retailers whose advertisements drive me nuts?
To help me overcome this fault and fill my heart with the Spirit of Christmas this season I am embarking on a project of personal improvement. From now until December 25th I will spend time each day writing about Christmas. It will include memories of Christmases past, Christmas stories, family traditions or simply an expression of gratitude for my Savior and His great gift to me.
Day 1 - Longing for Home
I love how the hearts of so many people grow more tender towards their family during the Christmas Season. Something about the Christmas Spirit draws us closer together as a family. We long to be with those we love, and often we long to be with them in our old homes or home towns. Gifts given or received may briefly cross our minds, but mostly we remember being around our family.
I am thankful for my family, and I have been blessed with a large one. My wife and children, my parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins are all a joy to be around. I love each one of them and the promise we have of being a family on into the eternities.
I am thankful for the central role that families play in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.