The wonderful chaos of Christmas
Last updated 12/23/2020 at 11:04am
This time of year is busy for many people, and I'm no exception. My family has several birthdays and other special occasions throughout November and December, and Christmas just tops it off. As a working mom with four kids whose schedules and school locations have been ever-changing this year, the season has been particularly hectic.
Going home isn't much of a reprieve. Our floors are being redone, and half of our household furniture and belongings are sitting in a storage unit while that is under way. We've been without our downstairs since Dec. 5, meaning we are quite cramped into the top half of the house. The work was delayed by a full week, and we will be lucky if it gets done and dry before Christmas Eve. My mom came to visit for the holidays, so she's sleeping on the couch instead of the downstairs guest room. She says she doesn't mind, but I still feel bad about it. I guess for an 85-year-old who drives across the country by herself to get here, some living room couch surfing isn't a big deal.
Once I retreat to my bedroom, the horror really hits. For months now, I've been storing up gifts for my family in my closet. All of our relatives send their gifts for me to wrap and distribute at the appropriate time, too, so the storage leaks from the closet into the rest of the bedroom pretty quickly. It's just one big ocean of Amazon boxes at this point. I'm starting to think they should just build an overpass from the new Amazon facility directly to my house.
One nice reprieve from the madness, though, is driving around the community and seeing all the lights and decorations. This isn't scientific fact, but I think that more people have decorated this year, and to a greater extent than usual. In any case, it's nice to look at.
I do really appreciate all the photos people sent us of their homes decked out for the holidays. It's a tradition we here at the newspaper look forward to every year. For instance, the folks at 518 Camino del Rey were kind enough to share their hard work with us in the photo below.
So, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, hop in your car or walk around the neighborhood until you find some of these gems. If it can lift some of the Grinch-ness from me, I know it can do the same for you!
Lastly, I wanted to thank all of the wonderful people in the community who have been working extra hard to help both neighbors and strangers through food and clothing drives and other efforts. This year has been challenging for all of us, and the Fountain Valley really stepped up to try to meet the needs.
A few weeks ago we brought you the story of Kiara Grant, a Fountain-Fort Carson High School student who was conducting a virtual Angel Tree project to collect gifts for 150 children and senior citizens. She was struggling to make it work, since in-person events weren't possible.
After we featured her story, word spread and many people contacted her to purchase those gifts. This week she reported that the project was a smashing success.
"Due to the support of the community, I was able to collect 180 gifts overall," Grant said. "I could not have accomplished this project without the support from the community. I was so glad to hear that people wanted to help."
And that's what it's all about.
So, to those of you who purchased gifts, made someone a meal, rang a bell for The Salvation Army, checked on a lonely neighbor or just generally tried to help those around you get through 2020, we want to thank you and wish you all a wonderful Christmas.