Has it started yet? Are you finding yourself on Amazon.com late into the night, overbuying presents for relatives, friends, and “just in case”? It started early for me this year. I now have a room full of toys that my grandchildren don’t need, and at least twelve bracelets. Why did I buy twelve bracelets? Packages arrive on my doorstep at all hours of the day and night, and I try to get them upstairs to the guest room before anyone notices (“anyone” being my husband, the man who really needed new Notre Dame covers for his golf clubs). Are you feeling the pressure to get the decorations up, to have something to wear to those office parties, to create a picture perfect Christmas for your children? Do you find yourself wondering why your children act more like little grinches than little angels at this time of year? Do you find yourself wondering if people think you’re kind of a Grinch? The beauty of being in a school with 283 children and a very small group of adults who prefer the company of children is that we don’t have to let the craziness of the season in the front door. We can talk about joy and Jesus and the manger scene. We can answer questions like, “Where is baby Jesus if He’s not in the manger?” or “Why don’t we have an elf in the gym?” We can hear answers like, “Baby Jesus hides under Joseph’s dress.” Or “There’s an elf in the gym, he’s just a good hider.” We can appreciate that a little boy whose granddad just died has a Christmas wish that everyone will stay healthy, and a little girl whose mom struggles to find enough work wishes that her mom will be able to rest and have some fun at Christmas.
I say it every year, and it might be annoying to hear it again, but I can’t help myself. Please try to keep all the craziness out of your house. Construct an invisible shield that allows you to shut out the gift lists, the hassles of shopping, the need to do everything perfectly. Instead, enjoy a burnt cookie and a story about a Christmas angel. Let your children tell you the story of Jesus’ birth, and explain the Season of Advent. Sing some Christmas carols, and tell your children what you remember of your childhood Christmases. We need to remember to treasure the moments we have with one another – not because we are afraid of tragedy around every corner – but because we all deserve and need those moments with one another.
Please note: Every year we receive assistance from different families and other friends so that we can help some of our families have a wonderful Christmas. If you need some help this Christmas, please contact me by email or in person. In the past we have helped with trees, gifts, meals, etc., and we want to make sure that each Lourdes family is able to celebrate Christmas, so please let me know.
Christmas Gift Ideas:
8 School Mass, 9:00am, Feast of the Immaculate Conception
9 Mass, noon
13 Reception for the family of Alessandro Carbanaro, OLOL class of 1993, LMC
15 Parent – Administration Coffee, 8:45am – 9:45am – Please join us!
16 Mass, noon
20 Christmas Pageant, Church, 6:30pm (Please note: This is a time change!)
21 Delayed opening – School begins at 9:00am,
Half-day, dismissal at 12:10pm, NO ASC
Christmas Vacation Begins
3 School resumes
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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