Adding a Bit More Christmas Love

The Question: Have I Seen the Hand of God Reaching Out to Touch Us Today?

The stamps on 18-year-old envelopes bearing Christmas love notesAs I give and receive Christmas cards this year, I’m reminded of my first Christmas card from my husband 18 years ago. We were not married or even engaged yet when I went home from college to visit my family for Christmas, but I knew he was the one I wanted to keep. My feelings frightened me, but the  homemade card and love notes he sent during the two long weeks away reassured me.

I pleaded with my parents to change my ticket so I could go back early. Of course they couldn’t understand;  they kept asking, “Why can’t you wait?”

Ironically, we were engaged two days after I returned to college.

Just the same, when my baby sister announced this summer that she was engaged and her wedding date would be Friday, December 19, I couldn’t understand the timing, either. I said something like, “Couples in love seem to be in their own world.”

I tried to express the practical matters of my world to help her see my perspective, just like my parents expressed theirs to me long ago at the kitchen table: “It’s the worst time of year to travel.  The cost. The weather. The school schedules. Our commitments. . .”

In the middle of all these “commitments” I sat on the floor with a pile of old handwritten cards and love notes, still in the old envelopes with 25 cent stamps, from our two weeks apart at Christmas. And, I remembered how it felt. Yes, couples in love are in their own world.

With my cards in the mail, packages wrapped, the baking finished, the entertaining over, and my heart prepared, I’m ready to say, “It’s no better time to be with a new couple in love. And, that’s just where I want to visit this time of year.”

Congratulations, little sister, on your wedding tomorrow!


  1. Rachel
    Dec 18, 2008

    I’m going through the same wedding plan difficulties. My brother is getting married on January 3rd. Which is a little better than just before Christmas, but not by much. And add to the fact that my mom has MS and hasn’t gone further than church and doctor’s appointments in months. It’s going to be an interesting ride.

  2. Rachel
    Dec 18, 2008

    And congrats to your sister!!!!

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