Santa has come and gone and the New Year has been celebrated.
It is hard to believe how fast time goes by.
Christmas is probably the most awaited day of the year and now we have to wait about 357 days until it comes around again. Don't worry, it will be here faster this year than last year. Each year it seems to get a closer.
Hopefully, everyone had a good Christmas and New Year. Taking down the tree and all of the decorations is not as much fun as putting them up. Most people will be busy all week trying to get everything back in the attic for another year and trying to keep their New Year's resolutions for a day or two.
When we were children it seemed Christmas would never arrive. As adults it seems it arrives way too soon. One thing is for sure, Christmas comes and it goes if we are ready or not. We can not hold back time.
We were out of our house this Christmas due to a kitchen fire and we were like ducks out of water. We managed to celebrate Christmas and New Year with a roof over our head thanks to our family.
Some people love the holiday and want it to last and others can't wait to get it over with.
I wonder if anyone can remember what they received last Christmas. I don't mean last week (that would be too easy) but Christmas of 2016.
A few weeks ago our pastor asked us to think about a special gift we had received and if we still had the gift. That was on Sunday morning and on Sunday evening we would share our memories of the gifts and what made them special.
I had two gifts in mind. One was a Christmas ornament made by my son when he was in kindergarten. I still put the ornament, made out of construction paper with his picture, on the tree every year. He is now 47 so the ornament has to be about 42 years old. The other gift that came to mind was a quilt made by my grandmother. Gifts made with love are special.
None of the gifts mentioned by my church family were expensive or rare. Most were remembered because of the person who gave them.
Today, we all get so much we take things for granted and forget from year to year what we received. Once in a while we still get one of those gifts we will remember for a very long time.
We are moving on in history. We have started a new year and as always we hope for a good one. We all know many of the events of 2017 have not been good. Naturally, the bad news gets around more than the good news but thankfully we still hear of acts of kindness which reaffirms our belief there are still good people in this world.
When I was going into my senior year of high school, 50 years ago, I did not even think I would live this long but here I am, still typing along like Mrs. Miles taught me. Of course then I was typing on a manual typewriter instead of this computer keyboard. Thank goodness the letters are in the same order and I am still able to move my fingers.
Let's look forward to good things in 2018.