Christmas Spirit

Around age 9 I began a battle with demand/resistance.  My passion for all things school related started a retreat as I perceived more and more required of me.  When what I WANTED to do became what I SHOULD do, the fight was on.

That struggle escalates during this time of year.  Way before fall colors fade, marketing campaigns yank us right into the must-have’s and must-do’s of Christmas.  Thanksgiving seems almost an afterthought.  Oops!  Can’t forget to sit down with family to eat, say grace, as plans are finalized to invade the stores for the requirements for the perfect decor, perfect gifts,  perfect attire for the perfect hosts.

Don’t misunderstand. (I think) the treasured traditions  can still be practiced, the reason for the season can still be honored in the hustle and bustle promoted by business.  I don’t want the SHOULDS of commercialism to crack and crumble the foundations of our celebrations and steal the joy of inspired living year round.

Christ’s birth

Homes filled with mirth,

Remembering traditions,

Inspiring renditions,

Seasonal glories

Telling sweetest stories,

Memories old and new.

And from me to you,

Sharing Christmas joys of immeasurable worth.

Procrastination is a battle strategy in the demand/resistance war, so the tree and candles are not out of the storage closet yet.  But Christmas music has been playing in my house for weeks.  And I have listened to the precious recording of the conversation between me and my son as we decorated the tree and unpacked the nativity set.  He was 2 1/2 years old.  Even if the usual decorations don’t appear until Christmas Eve, the spirit is alive in the Lee abode.

This was submitted for the December 30, 2015 issue of my hometown paper, the Prospect-News, in Doniphan, MO.


About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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