I won’t be home for Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us. For me though, Christmas just won’t be Christmas without being home: Sitting by the fire, with all of the twinkle lights on in the tree, and watching snow drifting outside, while drinking eggnog or spiced apple cider. Actually, that sounds like pure joy to me. Being safe and warm, and knowing that soon, you will see family, and eat a wonderful meal and bless each other with gifts. There is just something to innately wonderful to me about Christmas at home, that it almost hurts to even write it, because it will be another year before I experience that moment again.

Here in Africa, the hype is lessened, there is no snow to lengthen commute times, but regardless its a time to leave  the city because, well, its hot. Too hot to be on Christmas vacation and knowing there is a beach waiting just 12 hours away.

I must say, though we aren’t thinking much of Christmas here, I am pleased to remember the story. Why are we celebrating this season? It’s because of Christ… that He came, because He loves us. And truly it doesn’t matter where in the world I am. Nor what temperature it is, or how the ambiance feels – it’s about that one fact.

Oh, how I must remind myself of this, when the yearning to be back home for Christmas is fierce.

Regardless, Merry Christmas! I trust that you will experience the love of Christ this holiday season.


  1. Rod & Jeri Masterson

    Hi, Sheila,

    How well we know the feeling of being far from home at Christmas. May God bless and enrich you in different ways this year.

    We are going to Sexsmith to see our family just after Christmas since our boys both have to be on call (oil patch) over Christmas. We have three grandchildren and a fourth on the way!

    Tomorrow and Christmas Eve we celebrate with our church family here in Three Hills.

    With our love and prayers,

    Rod & Jeri

    • Sheila

      Merry Christmas to you both! Congrats on the fourth grandbaby – I am sure you are enjoying the family for the season 🙂

      And thank you for your continued encouragement and prayers; they mean the world!

      Happy New Year!

  2. Quinn Barreth

    Merry Christmas (belated) from the Barreth bunch here in Calgary. I am glad you have been forced to focus on the meaning of Christmas, though not for the reasons you stated. I am sure it was a long day for you away from George and Edie that even being on the beach would not ease.

    Be blessed as you start the new year.

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