By Laura Carlo
When most of us think of Christmas we first think of the noisy side of Christmas---”Jingle Bells,” ”Deck the Halls,” and door-buster specials at the local mall. I confess I like the madness and whirlwind leading up to the holiday. I like to hear people talking about the Christmas card writing, the baking, the shopping, the visiting, the charitable giving, and I even like to hear the complaining about it all. I do. It means things are “normal” and there’s something wonderful about the “normal” state of hub bub at Christmas. But my favorite part of the season is what I’ve called for years “my quiet Christmas.” I like seeing the reflections of the hearth in the gold and green and red-colored glass ornaments on our tree. I like sitting down for three hours all at once and writing out personal Christmas messages to people who mean something to my life, and I like reflecting on the lyrics of two Christmas tunes in particular: “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and “Silent Night.” These two pieces convey something extremely precious to me: that of being so free from worry that we are able to sleep in peace. One tune assures us that with the coming of the Messiah we have nothing to fear: “God rest you merry, Gentlemen...let nothing you dismay,” and the other comforts us that as Mother and Child did, we can all “sleep in heavenly piece.”
This week I wish you too many chocolate Santas (there are never too many), and the sound of children squealing in delight and most of all, being able to sleep in heavenly peace.
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