Christmas 2009, the best of times, the worst of times

It’s taken me a while, but I am truly feeling the Christmas spirit. I’m going to spend much of the holiday with my family, and the good news is we all get along great. We’re not planning huge gift exchanges, just a chance to spend time together.

I’ve become aware lately that Christmas can be an especially stressful time for many people. I have friends and family members who have communicated to me that this season is the most difficult time of the year for them.

So, in the spirit of being even-handed, I thought I’d list some of the things I like most about Christmas 2009 and then also list some of the concerns that others have passed on to me. Please feel free to add your own thoughts — both blessings and burdens for this season.

* Any time that is spent talking and thinking about the Savior is calming and reassuring. My youngest kids are seeing movies/Church shows about Jesus, and His birth is a constant features of Family Home Evening. His spirit seems to permeate our house, which is a great thing.

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