Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Merry Little Christmas December 25, 2013

Tradition. It’s pretty important to especially my mom at this time of year. I’ve mentioned the traditions she’s put in place around wrapping Christmas presents and dancing like a ninny to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas.” There’s also certain movies we all cuddle up to watch together at given times throughout the season. (Tonight’s feature is “The Polar Express”). But amongst all of these, I think Christmas morning is my favorite.Let Your Heart Be Light

The best part is how simple it is. Mom and dad exchange their gifts to each other, I get a new toy, and we sit together listening to Christmas music. They snack on a special kind of chocolate they buy only for Christmas, and I feast on whatever treat shared a bag with the new toy. It’s a joyful moment in our home that I sincerely look forward to each year.

So you can imagine my surprise when tears made an appearance during the tradition this morning. I’ve become fairly attuned to these as my nine-month pregnant forever mom’s emotions have been a little unsteady lately. But these were truly challenging to decipher whether they were tears of joy or sadness. Bittersweet is the word I guess people use to describe what she was feeling.

This was confirmed as, about halfway through Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” she explained to dad that she was reveling in this last special Christmas morning with just the two of them while at the same time looking forward to the changes next year will bring with the little person around.

This has always been a favorite Christmas song of mine. I have my reasons, not the least of which is found in the soul of the lyrics of this beloved song. It celebrates everything I hold dear about the holidays, like time with loved ones and how we will always be together in spirit if not in person. But there is one line in particular that stood out to me within the context of this bittersweet moment with my mom this morning. “Let your hearts be light.”

Her heart seemed to be anything but light. And yet it was. Just as mine is and will continue to be regardless of the season. The light of joy burns in my heart and that glow is one that nothing can burn out. I’m not sure Mr. Sinatra meant it this way, but that’s my take.

Who knows what will happen with all of these beloved traditions next year when we are no longer two people and a dog. But that’s okay. Because things change. Families grow. And, if anything, that light burns even brighter than before.


21 Responses to “Merry Little Christmas”

  1. That was so beautiful Wiley! Just think, you will STILL have THESE precious memories while creating new ones with the soon-to-be-new arrival!!! How special is THAT?! “Let your hearts be light” Barks and licks and love, Dakota

    • I make such a point to enjoy the present, I sometimes forget to look forward. Thank you for the reminder of all I have to loo forward to. Memories are so important to me, so I can’t wait to make some exciting new ones. 🙂
      Same to you on all counts of love, barks, licks and love,

  2. huntmode Says:

    Dakota said it well, Wyles. Your little one has a feast of first experiences coming up and you get to share in the delight and the tumbles coming up. Seems to me your Mom and Dad will be wonderful parents and with you, as the Guardian of All, and the Joy keeper/provider – it is going to be a joy to hear about. Love HuntMode

    • Dear Dakota sure has a way with words. I love the reminder to look forward to all thing future as much as I cherish the present. Thank you for saying such nice things about my people too, dear friend. They are nervous about things, so every little bit of confidence counts!
      Lots of love,

      • huntmode Says:

        Wyles, I wish I could pass my faith and confidence in your Mom and Dad on over to them like vitamins or new clothes and say, “Suck these down, you’ll feel better.” or “Put these on, they are made just for you!” Fear is a four-letter word, Wyles. So is Love. Let us choose Love. xxoo HuntMode

      • I love that idea! Vitamins that deliver confidence! It’s along the same lines as my wish for everyone to have a daily dose of joy. Love is way better a four letter word than fear. 🙂
        Lots of love,

  3. likeitiz Says:

    Indeed! Life will not be the same for a long time once the young-un has arrived. But, never fear! It will return, once the young-un grows up and decides to make his/her mark in the world out there. We’re empty nesters and it’s just us and Beau now.

    • I sure can’t wait to see what kind of mark my little person will make in the world one day. I’ve dreamt all kinds of things – I wonder if any of it will come true! Give Beau a little extra scratch behind the ear for me, would you please?
      Lots of love,

  4. Lyn Says:

    Your tradition of exchanging gifts, sitting together and listening to music together is wonderful, Wiley. Oh, and chocolate sounds pretty good too 🙂
    Oh, I watched The Polar Express too. What a great movie it is.

    • Dear Lyn,
      I love the heart behind “The Polar Express.” There is a magic in Christmas regardless of what you believe. What’s important is that you do – believe.
      Lots of love,

  5. I see it this way, Wiles – next Christmas you’ll have your new toy and a WHOLE BUNCH of other new toys. I’m pretty sure that new baby will share his toys with you, so it will multiply your toy inventory exponentially. Toys! Yay!

    Love and licks,

  6. Wiley I think to sit together and listen to christmas songs is the best. The toys are destroyed within some minutes, the treats land in our stomachs immediately, but to sit together, listen to the music and dwell on some thoughts that’s really the main thing. And I bet next year you will have the best christmas ever, because there is a wonderful small humans who will see the first christmas of his life :o)

    • You’re right about those things fading but love like what happens at Christmas remaining steadfast yearlong. And I can’t wait for the magic next year will bring with the new little person. Only 364 days ’til Christmas! 🙂
      Lots of love,

  7. ScottieMom Says:

    Scottie Dad proposed while “All I Want for Christmas” was playing in the background. Needless to say, we LOVE that song! Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Much love, The Scottie Mom.

    • I love that story! Thank you for sharing it with me! We did indeed have a happy holiday – one to celebrate how blessed we are. Same to you and all members of the Scottie Mom family. 🙂

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  10. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    Let your hearts be light…it doesn’t just apply at Christmastime.

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