I remember that several years ago I received a tiny little Christmas card from a small boy I was seeing. This little card was about the size of a card that would accompany floral displays. On this card, was a hand painted portrait of the Virgin Mary, and inside in gold calligraphy was the word, "Joy." Underneath, the small boy carefully printed his name. I remember feeling joy as I opened this small treasure. I imagined this single mother, spending hours making cards instead of buying them, instructing her child to print neatly, passing these cards to the people in their lives. It was such a small little card but an immense gesture. I was touched. I am still touched by the memory. The memory for me captures everything that Christmas is about--reaching out to connect with others and celebrating the season of joy. I have received many lavish gifts in my life, and I am grateful for each and everyone of them. But, the one I remember most is the tiny card by a tiny boy and with just one tiny word written--"Joy!"
No matter what religion you follow, I hope you feel joy this season!
Dr Jillian Roberts