This was a tough holiday season. It was hard for my family to enjoy the usual traditions because of the intense cold weather and unusually long work hours. As I pack up the ornaments and put away the decorations, it seems like the holiday has gone on forever.
Our pastor hit on a topic at Christmas Mass. "Maybe at Christmas we can remember the difference between a gift and a present. Presents are things on lists with sizes. Gifts are things that we don't think to ask for but come anyway. Gifts differ from presents because no matter what form they take, they always represent something greater, more enduring. May we find time to be grateful for all the gifts that surround us, each day of our lives."