What are you dreaming about for Christmas? A new car, computer, video game, tablet, phone, or something more personal, such as a visit from your family for the holidays?
What visions are in your head when you dream at night? An exotic trip to a distant country? Some of us, myself included, wish for more restaurants and stores in Crestview.
Kids can be pretty resourceful about making sure we know what they'd like for Christmas, doing such things as writing letters to Santa and leaving them around so we can see them, and so forth.
Children love this time of year and hate the suspense of waiting for Christmas morning to open their gifts. Some of them are even on their best behavior in order to gain that coveted gift.
As children we were told that naughty children would get coal in their stockings. Being from California, we had no idea what coal even was. We knew we'd get small gifts in our stockings, so we didn't worry.
Where are you in the Christmas process? Have you written your cards and mailed them? Jim and I are in the process getting our cards out. I know that many people don't bother with cards any longer, but it is so fun to receive a Christmas greeting in the mail and know that someone thought of you.
We even have many of our gifts mailed, but have a few more items to finish getting wrapped and shipped.
Besides gifts and cards, there is the baking — one of my favorite things to do for Christmas. The delicious treats we enjoy are homemade pumpkin pecan bread and cranberry walnut bread.
Remember not to get so overloaded that you forget to take time and experience wonder and joy during this time of year: the wonder of the Christ child coming to earth, the miracle of the angels appearing to the shepherds, and the joy Mary and Joseph felt when their baby boy was born.
The gifts can wait a few hours to be wrapped. Take the time to go see that Christmas cantata at church. Go see the Christmas play at school or church and enjoy the season.
Go have lunch or coffee with that friend you have been meaning to visit. Experience the sights and sounds of the Christmas season, and spend some time enjoying them all.
Luke 2:7 — "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room in the inn."
Janice Lynn Crose, a former accountant, lives in Crestview with her husband, Jim; her two rescue collies, Shane and Jasmine; and two cats, Kathryn and Prince Valiant.