In Orthodox tradition we say Christ is born during the Divine Liturgy on Christmas and the reply is Glorify Him! Here is the Kontakion that is just so beautiful it needed to be shared…
Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, / And the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! / Angels with shepherds glorify Him! / The wise men journey with a star! / Since for our sake the Eternal God was born as a Little Child!
Merry Christmas to everyone, may it be blessed.
I think the hardest thing about Christmas this year is not being able to be in California to spend it with friends and family. We are stuck here in New York our first year in seminary generally because we fulfill the stereotype of all seminarians being poor.
Yes this year we are going to have to cozy up and share our Christmas with fellow seminarians that have been left behind and be thankful to God for our new friends. I have always really been a complainer about visiting so many family members during the holiday season back home but now I see that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
We are officially saving up to go back home for the summer.
After a toddler meltdown over fish sticks that he didn’t get fast enough (surprise!) spilled water all over the floor and table because the fish sticks were still cooking (another surprise!) and a baby that wants to be held 24hrs a day recently…. I am taking this nap time and treating myself to coffee, snacks, a good book and candlelight. Using all my best sets as if great company is over. Taking a moment to be thankful.
“Honey do you need new clothes?” Asks my husband.
“No, I don’t think so,” I reply.
A few days later…
“Honey I think we need to get you some new clothes,” my husband states.
Hmmm what does that mean? I know I haven’t been looking that fantastic lately with a two year old and a 4 month old but really?
“Do I really look that bad?” I reply.
“No no you look great but let’s just face it you live in sweats.” He bluntly states.
Hmmm that’s true also, but honestly for your own husband to make that statement is kinda eye opening. I’m sure I’m not the only one that has let their looks down the path of no make up, sweat pants, pony tail when having kids around and not working. After all who’s got time to care about your looks?
I could have gone all feminist on my husband and protested but instead I decided to look in the mirror and start making changes. Why not? Why not look good everyday like the French? After all I used to care a lot about my looks before kids. I used to work out regularly and eat from regular plates and not my sons plastic plates cause they are easier to reach.
It is interesting that it took my sweet husband to say something (he’s really not the type to complain about looks) but here comes my transformation again. I’m deciding to care more about my appearance. To actually get dressed for the day…sweatpants don’t count.
Our rainy day discoveries