Palmetto Parent 2010 December Issue : Page 26

Checking the list It’s time to make those Christmas priorities my to-do list for every-day life L ast year, I had has nothing to do a “must do” list with the high-octane for Christmas. It cake. didn’t involve gifts as This year, I really Chris Worthy much as stuff, if you do have a “must do” know what I mean. list. Everything else is For the first time in my life, I was deter-optional. mined to make fruitcake. Don’t hate me. I I am really required to do only two things made Alton Brown’s free range fruitcake at Christmas and every other day of the and I ate it for at least two meals a day for year: love God and love my neighbor. If I do more days in a row than I care to admit. that, everything else is just superfluous. The rest of my list involved getting work, Instead of doing something because school, decorating and a host of other things that’s the way I’ve always done it, I am completed in time to relax. going to examine the activities, events How do you think that worked out for and frantic pace that seem to overtake the me? season. Tradition should have a positive Our elderly dog became seriously ill and connotation. Too often, obligation seems to I spent much of the holiday season nursing take that away. him back to health. Some of the decora-There’s a fine line between the two and tions went back in the attic at the end of admittedly, I don’t always do well in finding December, still unpacked from the previous it. year. UPS was my lifeline for the remainder I believe we all have divine appointments, of my Christmas shopping. And aside from but they seem too easily overlooked this the fruitcake, I seem to remember a lot of time of year. Oh, the irony is not lost on me. take-out food being served. Do I have time to serve someone and do it I attribute the fuzzy memories to my lack with a thankful and willing spirit? If not, my of sleep from geriatric dog care. It probably priorities have slipped. I celebrate the most Growing Together important moment in my faith and I would argue, in mankind’s history, by becoming short-tempered and stressed out by the long list of secular standards to be met. I challenge you to join me — and surpass me — in clearing the calendar and the to-do list and instead being open to opportu-nities that nourish your soul. Rather than buying gifts that will strain your budget and your patience, quietly seek the chance to give what is needed, wherever you see the need. In return, I think you and I will receive more than we bargained for. At Christmas and every day, may you find joy in knowing Emmanuel, God with us: the miracle of the season. ] Chris Worthy is a regular columnist to this maga-zine. Address comments or questions to growing-together@chrisworthy.com FAMILY SPECIAL Broad River Rd 731-1735 Rosewood Dr 695-2552 Garners Ferry 776-7526 Red Bank 996-0601 Lexington 951-2841 Clemson Rd 865-5494 West Columbia 796-2888 Irmo 781-6004 Gaston 936-1252 Ballentine 749-9500 Lugoff 408-9992 www.palmettoparent.com $ 9 99 (pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, green pepper, & onion) 1 Large Supreme Pizza 1 Large Pepperoni Pizza Offer only valid with coupon. Offer expires 1/01/1 1 . Limit one offer coupon per customer. 1979 26 Palmetto Parent December 2010

Growing Together

Chris Worthy

<font size=3><b>Checking the list</b><br /> It’s time to make those Christmas priorities my to-do list for every-day life</font><br /> <br /> Last year, I had a “must do” list for Christmas. It didn’t involve gifts as much as stuff, if you know what I mean.<br /> <br /> For the first time in my life, I was determined to make fruitcake. Don’t hate me. I made Alton Brown’s free range fruitcake and I ate it for at least two meals a day for more days in a row than I care to admit. <br /> <br /> The rest of my list involved getting work, school, decorating and a host of other things completed in time to relax. <br /> <br /> How do you think that worked out for me?<br /> <br /> Our elderly dog became seriously ill and I spent much of the holiday season nursing him back to health. Some of the decorations went back in the attic at the end of December, still unpacked from the previous year. UPS was my lifeline for the remainder of my Christmas shopping. And aside from the fruitcake, I seem to remember a lot of take-out food being served.<br /> <br /> I attribute the fuzzy memories to my lack of sleep from geriatric dog care. It probably has nothing to do with the high-octane cake.<br /> <br /> This year, I really do have a “must do” list. Everything else is optional.<br /> <br /> I am really required to do only two things at Christmas and every other day of the year: love God and love my neighbor. If I do that, everything else is just superfluous. <br /> <br /> Instead of doing something because that’s the way I’ve always done it, I am going to examine the activities, events and frantic pace that seem to overtake the season. Tradition should have a positive connotation. Too often, obligation seems to take that away. <br /> <br /> There’s a fine line between the two and admittedly, I don’t always do well in finding it.<br /> <br /> I believe we all have divine appointments, but they seem too easily overlooked this time of year. Oh, the irony is not lost on me. Do I have time to serve someone and do it with a thankful and willing spirit? If not, my priorities have slipped. I celebrate the most important moment in my faith and I would argue, in mankind’s history, by becoming short-tempered and stressed out by the long list of secular standards to be met.<br /> <br /> I challenge you to join me — and surpass me — in clearing the calendar and the to-do list and instead being open to opportunities that nourish your soul. Rather than buying gifts that will strain your budget and your patience, quietly seek the chance to give what is needed, wherever you see the need. <br /> <br /> In return, I think you and I will receive more than we bargained for.<br /> <br /> At Christmas and every day, may you find joy in knowing Emmanuel, God with us: the miracle of the season.

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