Sunday, December 02, 2007

First Sunday in Advent


I am going to church this morning. I normally go on Saturday night, but last night I went to an AA function instead. I love Advent. The church is draped in purple, it is quiet, and dark, as we wait in joyful hope....

Yesterday I put up my Christmas tree. As I have not been in the best frame of mind this week, I started feeling bad that I was putting up the tree alone. Then I really reflected on Christmases past and what putting up the tree was like. In my childhood, my parents put up the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. As well as wrapping all the gifts. In the mix there, my dad got drunk, and my mom got angry. My mother was an early prototype for Martha Stewart... our tree was always beautiful. But to get it that way was often a scene that sent me to my room crying and shaking in terror. When my kids were small, I let them do anything they wanted to our Christmas tree, and the results often looked like a bunch of little kids decorated it - which I think is just perfect!

So, yesterday as I was reflecting on these ancient history Christmases, I also remembered last year when my friends C., and H. came and helped me decorate my tree. Last year was so difficult with my son in Iraq. I had told them that I just couldn't bear the idea of having a Christmas with my son flying a helicopter over Iraq every day. They came, like the little AA angels they are, and we made a party of it. It was great fun.

Yesterday I didn't like the looks of any of my ornaments. So I went to Target and bought new ones. I bought many red bells (one of them is in the picture above) and glittery silver snowflakes for my tree. They were not expensive, so if I never want to use them again, I won't. My granddaughters are sure to drive everyone crazy when they realize those bells actually ring. Oh dear.

So, today perhaps I will get to knit, watch football, and admire my pretty Christmas tree and reflect on the wonderful meaning. And get to Thank God that I am sober today and am not creating bad memories for my children and grandchildren.

12 comments:

Kathy Lynne said...

I am looking forward to decorating my first sober tree!

Scott W said...

I love that photograph. And I love the idea of you sitting there in your serenity, knitting and watching football and everything being as it is meant to be.

Happy Sunday, MC.

vegan.mama said...

As someone told me when I first got to AA, you are passing on blessings rather than curses to your children, and that's a wonderful thing. The photo is beautiful.

dAAve said...

enjoy.
this.
day.

Scott said...

aww MC, what a beautiful post... I just absolutely love you so much, my friend! I am glad your son is home,a nd so grateful for your sacrifices, his, all our military and their families...

This year I learned what Advent is... thanks to my 8th graders!

God Bless!

Pam said...

I love this pic MC.
It's been so long since I've put up a Christmas Tree. You may have just inspired me to do so.
Remember when the kids were little and all the ornaments were on the bottom ;)

www.alanondiary.blogspot.com said...

Peace. Your day of soberiety is a day of peace - let it be a day of peace for you brother. I am on the "otherside." I have ranted and raved, and this week I have peace. My spouse is going to AA. She is having trouble getting to where you are. I share my blog to you and others on the other side for we are all one. God bless you and your family (and your son in Iraq).
For the otherside seeking peace and understanding see...
www.alanondiary.blogspot.com

Rex said...

Awww....now that I'm sober I love decorating the tree. Sounds like a wonderful Sunday....Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Nigel said...

Beautiful post.
Nigel
North Wales

Syd said...

I feel the Christmas spirit when I read your post. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

It is so cool to learn about new sides to you Mary - you are such an inspiration to you. The cheesecke rocked the house, too!!

R.

Anonymous said...

Inspiration to me, and cheesecake, not cheesecke LOL. R.