A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired in 1965 – I was four years old. I can’t swear to it, but I’m pretty sure that I’ve watched it every year since.
Watching Dad’s reaction to the tree, I bought him a copy on blu-ray for Christmas last year. We’ve probably watched it a dozen times since then. There is just something about this classic that makes you feel good – even if it isn’t Christmas time.
When it came time to take down the Christmas decorations last season, Dad and I decided that the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree should stay up year-round. So it became the centerpiece decoration in our living room.
With every thing that is going on with our lives and Dad’s health – we decided that we should stop for a moment each day and remember the great gifts that we have. We have each other. We have a roof over our heads and enough food to eat. Dad has a tremendous insurance plan that covers whatever medical care he needs. We have Sue – the love of Dad’s life and a tremendous blessing all by herself.
At the time, we were also fostering dogs for a rescue group – so we were sharing our gifts every day with those less fortunate. We’ve since adopted Paladin, which put us at the limit for animals in the Village of Spring Lake and removed us from the fostering business – but we are overjoyed to be able to share our blessings every day with the most recent addition to our family.
At our house, everyday is Christmas Day – and we have the Christmas Tree to prove it!
Last June the doctor sat Dad & I down. With a look of deep seriousness on his face he gazed deeply into Dad’s eyes and said “I very much doubt that you will live to see Christmas.” I tried my best not to look at Dad, but I couldn’t help myself. I looked over at him and we both started giggling like school girls. The moment could not be contained, and soon we were both roaring with laughter! The poor confused doctor said “That certainly is not the reaction I expected.”
As Dad & I wiped the tears of laughter away, Dad stated simply, between chuckles, “EVERY day is Christmas at our house!”
So, if you come to visit us – or even if you only visit through reading this blog – remember that EVERY day can be Christmas if you want it to be. And please take a moment to appreciate the gifts that you have, and share them with others.