From Pastor Esposito
Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 11:07
From Pastor Esposito, Associate Pastor
When I was in preschool and lower elementary school, I always asked Santa Claus for a dishwasher for my mom. My parents were the dishwasher and just about every evening after dinner my mom would comment on wanting a dishwasher. So every year it was the first thing I asked Santa for and he explained that it was too big for the sleigh, but he would see what he could do.
Santa was never able to get that dishwasher for mom, but one summer my parents did redo the kitchen and with that came a dishwasher. My mom was elated to have a dishwasher, counter and cabinet space, as well as a stove you didn’t have to fight with each time you wanted to cook.
It’s funny because I don’t remember a lot of what I asked Santa for over the years. The only two things I remember is the dishwasher and a little town made by Fisher Price complete with a tiny mailbox with tiny letters you could put in, a fire truck for the fire station, and a traffic light that you could turn a knob and it would change colors. I was very careful not to lose any of the pieces.
What I remember the most about Christmas is the big family gathering every Christmas Eve; I remember back to about three or four years old. I remember my grandfather all decked out in a nice suit he made himself, grandma constantly chasing me around with a napkin wiping my face, aunts, uncles, and family friends, cousins, all trying to fit around the dining room table and the “kiddie table”. I remember lots of food, there were many courses to dinner, we had the feast of the seven fishes. Someone would always tell the Christmas story. The kids and parents would attend the children’s Christmas Eve service and the grownups (minus one or two who stayed home to watch the kids) would go to the midnight service.
Now, Christmas is different. Cousins are scattered across the country, grandparents aren’t around and I work Christmas Eve. So we gather on the 23rd for a feast (since a lot of our family friends are very active in their churches as well) and other friends and relatives come on the 24th to spend time together and eat a smaller feast. Usually everyone is asleep when I get home. On the 25th a nice breakfast is made and we spend time together.
I don’t ask Santa for much anymore. Instead I give thanks to God for all that I have, for my friends, family, etc. I always ask God to continue to be a light in our darkness and that God’s love and grace be known to all. May you all have a blessed Advent, Christmas, and New Year. May you always know the love of God. May you always see the light of Christ shining brightly even in the darkest of times and may you be a blessing to others.