Christmas Craze!

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Can’t you just smell the gingerbread? My kids put that house together and we had a lot of fun doing it.
I love this season. Egg nog (lactose-free, of course), pumpkin pie, hot chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate. (Seriously, I got more chocolate as gifts from my students than any other year, but very little evidence made it back to the house…but I digress.)
Speaking of my students, I got so many Starbucks addiction perpetuators (aka gift cards) and gift cards to Target, Einstein’s bagels, Krispy Kreme, Panera and Jamba Juice. Sweet!
But one thing I look forward to every year is my mom’s Puerto Rican seasonal cooking.

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Mmmm! Yummy pasteles! Sweet rice! And, since I’m of legal drinking age, coquito. What is it about holidays and food?
Anyway, truly I want to share about how this Christmas sort of blindsided us this year. I guess, like many others, we just have been so busy with regular life. Or maybe the tragedies of this year just make it really hard to celebrate. I don’t know if you can relate, but this much I do know: we owe it to the loving people in our lives and the memory of those gone before us to make this one of the best Christmases ever. Not because of the stuff, but because of love.
The reason for the season may be Jesus, but what about him? Christmas is the miracle of a God, who in his infinite wisdom, gave us a living example of love, compassion, healing, overcoming obstacles, and forgiveness in a baby born in less than ideal circumstances who would eventually die in less than ideal circumstances. Why? Call me crazy, but I believe he did this because he knew that our hearts so easily turn dark, insecure and negative and he wanted to show us that it doesn’t matter where you come from, who your parents are (or aren’t), what you do or think. He gave us hope that you can always make a change in your life and you can always make a difference. This Christmas let this permeate your mind and every interaction. Let love, hope, kindness,forgiveness, and optimism be your Christmas craze.
And then make sure you pass the pumpkin pie, please. ;0)

Isaiah 9:6 NLT
“6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Happy holidays. And please, have a very merry Christmas.

Joyfully,
Joyful Pursuit

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