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Christmas season is crazy this year

Well, here we are just 12 days till Christmas. While my body is actually in December, my mind is still hung up somewhere back in October. Someone told me Merry Christmas the other day and I balked, until I remembered that it was, indeed, an appropriate thing to say.

I sat here for a minute and tried to come up with a clever parody of the 12 days of Christmas, but I stalled since I don't currently have a true love. Then I tried to apply it to my children, but it was all coming out too snippy.

I work in the service industry, and I'm here to tell you that some people go a little crazy this time of year, myself included. It's like an entire month of full moons. People are working harder than usual, the demands are great and the pressure is on in one way or another.

Our cold snap came in, and unfortunately some of my plants didn't make it inside in time. Just a week ago, I was proud of how my beautiful begonia was still showing blooms and offering up some color on the front porch, and now it looks like sheer devastation out there. Of course it's all my fault, but those kids aren't around with spare boys to help me move the heavy stuff, so the sacrifice had to be made.

Plants can be replaced, you know.

The good people at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, and many loving volunteers, are planning their usual Christmas Eve dinner: a full, traditional meal that's free to those who otherwise might not get to enjoy such a meal. Volunteers are needed and children are welcome to participate. This has always been a project with the intent to give children the opportunity to give back. That is almost as important as the service provided.

We are still collecting coats and blankets for that event, which can be dropped off at any Burger King, Fort Sill Federal Credit Union or Salas Urban Cantina. The meal is from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it's first come, first served. Volunteers should be at St. John's by 9:30 a.m.

Soon the kids will be home for the holidays, things will slow down for a moment (however brief), and there will be time to reflect on the season and the blessings that abound in and around the challenges. Though I must say, I have learned over the years that you have to find your gratitude in the moment, no matter what.

And for now, I'll say it ...Merry Christmas!

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