Friday, 18 December 2009
Preparing for Christmas
Things at home are beginning to shape up for our family Christmas. It's quite a strange feeling, I must say, not being 'in charge' of a parish with three churches (not that I was in charge, I hope) for the first time for twenty years. Not that I'm missing the strain; probably just the power! And also, of course, the community. Anyway we're hoping our neighbours will be coming round on Tuesday for mince pies and mulled wine - which of course means Jane doing the preparations. And she's been dusting down our environmentally friendly artificial Christmas tree, which is now twinkling in the conservatory. And bringing out the crib. And putting up the cards on the trellis in the 'lift room'. And doing the shopping. And wrapping the presents. And... meanwhile I sit and watch, and think of past years when we did such things as a team and of how much is falling on Jane's shoulders now. But she doesn't complain. In fact she says she's enjoying it - and I believe she is. The truth is that we are celebrating the birth of the serving God - and gratitude makes drudgery divine.