Alicia Lopez’s Musings

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It’s been a long time since my last blog; no not illness, or anything catastrophic; just procrastination on my part, and perhaps self doubt.  SELF DOUBT!!! ME???

Yes, I started to question my reasons for writing a blog in the first place, forgetting that it was started to place my thoughts in print, to get them out of my system, to relief the pressure building within me  after the death of my hubby.  So many thoughts whirling around in my brain, they had to have a way of escaping , and they did, by my writings.

The doubts came that perhaps they were not entertaining; but I have heard from so many of my friends and family telling me they miss reading my blogs, that I have started to believe again.  So here goes, more of my musings.

There is no better way than to begin by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.  Yes, you read it right, not Happy Holidays.  I send that greeting to my non Christian friends who also celebrate their own beliefs.

Christmas is about the birth of a baby, born in a lowly manger, who was destined to become King, not of this earth, but of our souls.  No, it is not about buying that perfect gift, or spending a certain amount of money,  or decorating your house.  It is about reviewing your life, finding it wanting, as the majority of us surely must, and then doing something about it.

Did you really have to start that ugly rumor about your co-worker, turn your head when asked for alms, not have the time to seek out your family, ignore the needs  of those less fortunate than you?  Now is the time to resolve to change, and ask yourself is this what Jesus would want?

Yes, he wants us to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, love our neighbors as ourselves.  We don’t have to go on a crusade seeking the Holy Grail, just look around us and do what we can to help our fellowmen.  It doesn’t take much to be kind, a smile, a friendly gesture; rather than an abrupt look of contempt to an outstretched hand.  No human is a bigger hero than when he kneels to help someone in need.

It has been said many times before, HE is the reason for the season, now all we have to do is to BELIEVE IT, and live it.

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad y Paz en la tierra

Hasta la Vista

While glancing through a deluge of magazine and newspaper ads, circulars,catalogs, pamphlets, you name it, I noticed that there is one single big item missing .  While they lure you with bargains, seen and unseen, they laud family gatherings, banquets, parties, feasts, but they fail to mention why we are celebrating this Christmas Season.

Did they ever hear of the birth of the baby Jesus, born in a manger, in Bethlehem.  Did they know that the very first gifts of this celebration were given to him, born the King of Kings?  Three Wise Men from the East followed a star which guided them to the lowly birthplace where shepherds stood guard, and the animals gathered around to give him warmth.  They brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh,  and bowed before him.

Where did we lose sight of this?  It cannot possibly be only the fault of the merchants, they are, after all, in the business to sell their products and make money.  Most of the fault has to be with us humans who have placed material gains above all else.

I remember growing up, and being very content with my one gift from my parents, it was all we had, and we knew of no other families who had more.  Emphasis was placed on the religious nature of the special day, with posadas being held at the different neighborhood houses.  Us children would go from door to door, singing and begging for a place to stay, and being rejected by all, until the last home where the door was opened, and a party was held.  This was the re-enacting of Joseph and Mary’s trip, seeking shelter for the immediate birth of the baby Jesus.

Most families would celebrate the 6th of January, the feast of the Three Kings, to give their children the gifts that the Magi’s had left.  In our family we had Santa Claus leave our gift, and we went to church to pray and give thanks for what we had.

With the advent of computers, it is now possible to order items, and have no further contact with the recipient.   In my time, we had lay-a-way, and I remember going with my mother to diligently pay weekly on whatever she had purchased.  I believe this form of buying has gone with the way of the dinosaurs.

Perhaps this is progress, but I wish we could go back in time when life was not as fast, and people took the time to talk with one another.  At a recent family gathering, I had two children texting each other across the room; has oral speech also gone the way of the dodo?  If you have read any of those messages, you will wonder where the proper spelling of words has gone.

Maybe I’m showing my age, but this celebration seemed so much meaningful; when we looked forward to it without having it shoved down our throats even before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The baby Jesus did not need a grand hospital to be born; he came to earth as a humble human being, born in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes.  Maybe we should take a second look at our celebrations and remember that He is the reason for the Season.

Feliz Navidad

Hasta la Vista