Posted on December 21, 2009. Filed under: Buzz From The Hive..., Holiday / Holy Day..., UPDATED POSTS... | Tags: |

UPDATED:  Tuesday, December 22, 2009 11:52 AM (My original post follows my update)

While I was typing this post yesterday, I got a call from my husband telling me his boss was keeping him one more day (earlier in the day, he was told he was getting laid off).  Of course, we were happy, then something strange happened today.  My husband just called me to say they were keeping him one more day…again.  Are we going through some kind of “Christmas Groundhog Day”, reliving the day over and over again or is this another small Christmas miracle?  Of course, it’s the latter, as miracles do happen, small or otherwise.  As with everything else, we hope for the best and prepare for the worst, and another day’s pay is something we weren’t expecting, but are grateful for.  I hope each and every one of you receives some miracle, big or small, this Christmas season.  You will, as long as you remember why we celebrate Christmas in the first place—to celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ…

Merry Christmas!


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My husband and I got a big dose of reality again today—You never know what’s going to happen in these tough economic times…


We practice what we (or rather, I) preach.  Last year, we got a real Christmas tree like we get every year, but we didn’t exchange Christmas gifts.  We did, however, fill each others’ stockings, and I made a great Christmas dinner.  Friends and family brought us Christmas presents, and we gave them great dinners prepared with a lot of love in exchange.  The economy wasn’t doing too well last Christmas so we lived within our means, which prompted me to post something to that effect last December…



This year it’s a lot worse because of the economy and also what we’re dealing with personally, like a lot of you are as well.  My husband and I still follow that to the letter—so much so that we didn’t get a tree this year, even though we get one every year.  We agreed not to exchange Christmas gifts or fill our stockings this year, but agreed to exchange Christmas cards.  The way we look at it, why go into debt in these uncertain times.  We did send out Christmas cards this year, as we do every year, and I take care to add a personal note in each card I write.  I like to think that friends and family are more  appreciative of that gesture than the guilt they would suffer with knowing we spent our way into debt with gifts that we couldn’t afford and they probably would not even want.  Anyway, I received a call from my husband earlier this morning telling me he was just laid off.  Yes, I cried, but after thinking about it and putting things in perspective, I thought about how smart we were not to live beyond our means.  We won’t be looking at a Christmas tree that we couldn’t afford or gifts that we couldn’t afford, but have to pay for later.  For that, I am grateful.


Sometimes I get angry over the fact that we can’t live the way we want to, but then reality hits me like a ton of bricks and I count the blessings that we do have.  We have a roof over our heads and food on our table.  People are so quick to focus on what they want instead of what they have.  I have the love of a good man, and even a lot of multimillionaires don’t have that.  You can’t buy love, you have to earn it, and my husband has earned it ten times over.  He’s the best thing that ever happened to me.  I can do without the material possessions I’d like to have as long as I have the man of my dreams by my side—a man who has stuck by me through thick and thin, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health—really!  One thing for sure, I didn’t marry him for his money.  I married him because he’s honest, faithful, hardworking, strong and has ethics that mirror my own.  I guess what I’m saying is that everyone of you should learn to focus on the blessings that are all around you—bountiful blessings that you’ll never find under a Christmas tree…


May bountiful blessings surround you and yours at Christmas and all through the year…




Wow!  The phone just rang.  My husband called to tell me that his boss is keeping him one more day.  Hey, that’s another day’s pay as we see it, and a small Christmas miracle.  See what happens when you’re grateful and believe… 

Merry Christmas, and may miracles abound for you, too…



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