If you watch the commercials on TV, they always show this incredible house with candles in all the windows, a beautiful wreath on the front door, a magnificent tree filled with perfectly placed ornaments and lights that are color coordinated. Just once, I would like to see a Christmas themed commercial that reflects how my house used to look at Christmas time. The lights out front didn’t quite fit all the way around the bushes, so they stopped abruptly midway across. Those cool candles I bought for the windows kept falling off (or getting knocked off) the window sill, so instead of the pretty sight outside, I had broken bulbs on the floors inside. Does it only happen to me that everytime someone opens or closes the front door, half the needles fall all over the front hall floor?
We have had some great trees in our Christmas history, and we have had some “Charlie Brown” trees, too. We were always challenged by the process of getting the tree to actually stay in the stand. One year, we nailed a board to the back of the tree to keep it straight, and one year we actually tied a rope to the tree trunk and ran it to a nearby window to keep the tree standing. Whose idea was it to make it so that when one bulb on a strand of lights goes out the whole strand goes dark? Genius.
Then, there are those perfectly placed ornaments that look like they just came out of the box. Not in my house. The ornaments at the top are glass, and my husband hung those on his tree when he was a little boy. They are a little worn and cracked, but still precious to us, much like the man who used to hang them. Just below those are “World’s Best Mom” and “Super Dad” ornaments that run about 30 - 40 years old. There are pine cones with sparkly paint on them. I can remember Brendon bringing one of those home in Kindergarten. There is a policeman that we got Patrick when he was about ten, and a basketball player that we got Terry before we knew he was one. There’s a piece of red construction paper that says that the best thing about Christmas is “kookees”, and there’s a straw wreath with a picture of a little girl with a head full of curls. My ornaments are not evenly spaced, nor do they look like the ones on TV or in the magazines, but they are so much better than any of those!
What the advertising executives have missed is the reality of Christmas. Christmas is about families and children - not perfect replicas of families and children. It’s a time of year when we can take the time to appreciate the cracks, the quirks, and the wrinkles. We can just tilt our heads a little when we look at our tree with the star that leans a little more to the right than it should, and we can realize that our imperfections are the things about us that make us loveable!
Merry Christmas to all of our wonderfully imperfect and perfectly loveable Lourdes families!
“At Christmas all roads lead home.”
Dates to Remember:
20 Christmas Pageant, 6:30 pm in the Church, children should arrive at the school at
21 School Opens at 9:00 am, Dismissal at 12:10 pm NO ASC
22-2 Christmas break
3 School Resumes
5 First Friday Mass, 9:00 am
10 HSA Board Meeting, 7:00 pm
12 Mass at 9:00 am
Half day dismissal at 12:10pm
15 Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL
18 Career Day presentations, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
19 Mass at Noon
End of 2nd Qtr.
Youth Mass for Life, 7:00 am
24 Report Cards
26 Mass at Noon
Pizza Bingo, 7:00 pm
28 Catholic Schools Week Mass, 9:00 am
29 Middle School Science Fair, 6:00 pm
30 Open House, 9:30 am-11:30 am, 1:00 pm-2:30pm
31 Faculty Appreciation Lunch, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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