So here in time for Christmas so I have suddenly been hit by the news that I no longer have any work. 40% working I have from December, with the right to 75 days as part-time unemployed, means that I probably need to go on to become full-time unemployed for a while.
Since I am a single mother of four who have not yet managed to scrape together either to the year's supply or more months' salary in the bank, according to the church council, then comes a hefty austerity and cuts in the household budget.
For the children, I have announced that there will be as many presents this year. We simply have to take care of the money we have. It does not appear that the children have taken offense, but maybe the smallest in six years have not understood properly. I have in any case, bought a pair of three gifts to each child. My eldest son who is almost eleven years have shrugged and said that "we still have so much stuff."
But is not this still a chance to reclaim what Christmas is all about anyway? Instead köphysteri we can as a family to concentrate on just being together and think about giving instead. To give, it can in fact most of us.
In Relief Society, the church's sorority, initiatives have already been taken for the Christmas service project. Contact has been made with the Christian humanitarian organization Star of Hope, and we have received information about what to give for something now for Christmas. We will pack it we donate in banana boxes and bring to our chapel. My youngest daughter and I wandered off to a couple of grocery stores and begged banana boxes. Now, six banana boxes in the basement storage room filled with baby clothes and toys that will make life a little easier for someone outside our family rich country.
What is Christmas for you? Is it köphysteri, "Christmas gift", winter trip to slightly warmer country, or is it mainly Community and rewarding? I think we all have to think a little what Christmas represents. We celebrate that our savior was once born in poor circumstances in a stable. He is our God came down to us in all simplicity. The Christ wants to communicate to us is love and fellowship,
the desire to give and be there for each other and appreciate and feel gratitude
for what we actually have. For me, these thoughts are represented so well in Topelius
poem set to music by Sibelius. A Christmas song that reminds me of my childhood there
Christmas was marked by my Finnish Swedish heritage.
Give me no splendor, gold or pomp of-designed
Give me the glory of God
guardian angel, and the earth peace.
Give me a party that delights most, the king, I have
asked the guest!
Give me no splendor,
Not gold, not glory, give me a guardian angel!
Give me a home on native land,
a fir tree with children in the ring,
an evening in the light of the Lord's words
and darkness where around!
Give me a nest
with joyful faith, hope and faith!
Give me a home on native land
and the light of the word of the Lord!