It's the most wonderful time of the year!
December is a crazy-busy month full of a whirlwind of activities. It drains me of energy and totally drains my pocketbook.
Yet, there is just something about December that makes me look forward to it whenever it rolls around again.
I think it is the air of expectation. There is just a feeling in December that anything could happen.
When I was a child, and still believed in Santa, I was all about trying to catch a glimpse of him more than worrying about what gift he would bring.
I remember in particular one Christmas Eve that I was convinced I had seen a red light glow up above the neighbor's rooftop and I was just sure that it was Rudolph guiding Santa's sleigh close to my house. I had my little brother believing it as well. We could hardly settle down to go sleep.
Finally dawn broke and my brother jerked awake. He went running down the stairs calling, "Hey it's Christmas everyone, hey! wake up, it's Christmas!"
Once everyone had straggled into the living room, we started a mad frenzy of ripping off the wrapping paper. It DID seem there were more presents than usual that year and my brother and I always believed it was because Santa and Rudolph had come and added to the mounds of gifts under the tree.
Looking back, I'm sure it was because that was the first year my parents both had really good jobs and were able to afford to spend more on gifts.
Somehow, I've always retained the spirit of that little pajama-clad girl peering out the window searching for Santa. I'm always believing something good can happen in December if I just look for it.
After all, December is the month we celebrate the King of the Universe coming down to our level to give us the best gift we could imagine. A gift that lasts forever and only gets better as time goes on.
A gift you could never outgrow ... The priceless gift of Himself.
This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 1.) Something you love about December. If you'd like to read more responses, or join in, visit Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It.