Monday, December 12, 2011

I'm already making New Years resolutions. Even before winter break....

Believe me kiddos. Teachers look forward to it as much as you. We also dread back to school as much as you, but not for the same reasons. I like to teach, and I like to go to work and earn a living. I do not relish the idea that my students will forget how to behave in my class over the course of two weeks. Try as I might, I cannot understand that phenomena.

Oh well, that time will come regardless of what I try to do. I cannot stop it. I am still going to enjoy my winter vacation. I get to see my family. Hopefully my whole family. I'm excited for sleeping past 5:45AM without putting myself behind for the rest of the day. Of course Christmas will be the best, spending time with family and friends while remembering that Jesus was born to save us! :)

I've got a mid-term to prepare kids for, and a chapter test to prepare my other kids for. It's going to be ridiculous here for about a week, and then I'll be on break. I may not be on here for awhile, so I'm going to mention a little about New Year's too.

Just as I may have to start over with my rules during the new semester, the new year offers similar avenues for one's personal life. I'm starting to take better care of myself I believe, because I don't know how I can expect myself to take care of 123 teenagers, if I don't look after me. I don't just mean the stereotypical eat right and exercise part (although that certainly is part of it), but I also want to find a church. I need to more aggressively search for one. I've only been to two different churches in Hopkinsville, and I didn't really feel led directly to either of them. Therefore starting in the new year, I will go to each of the churches I have already been to the first two weekends January 8th and January 15th, and then proceed from there, if I choose to not attend one of those two. I've been kind of lax, especially the last month or so, about getting to any church. I believe that this can be solved by being better about church hopping, until I find the right fit. I don't just want to church hop forever, but I do believe it will help me find my niche. If anyone in Hoptown has some ideas, please enlighten me. Hopping to churches where you are not sure you know anyone is awkward at best.

Help me friends to strengthen my resolve in this matter. I will blog every Sunday after break about my thoughts on each church to help me reflect on each one.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

25 days until Christmas!

More like 24 at this point.

What does Christmas mean?
A. Celebrating the birth of Jesus
B. Getting a lot of presents
C. Fighting for a parking spot at the mall
D. All of the above

For most Americans, I suspect the answer is "D" "All of the Above"

People can complain until they are blue in the face that Christmas has become too commercialized over the  years. Children ask for things like Macbook Air's when they are only 7 years old. (My mom would laugh in my face if I asked for one now.) Instead of $200 bicycles, children ask for $200 gaming consoles. Barbie's dream house has an elevator in it.

I love getting new things for Christmas, but over the years what I've asked for has changed greatly. I remember when I was 10 years old I got a "My Twin" doll for Christmas. I really really really wanted her. Then I had a nightmare that she attacked me, so she went in my closet before I released her. I went from sleeping with her every night, to hiding her in a closet, to finally setting her up on a high shelf to pose in my room. That was quite an expensive toy to just set on a high shelf and collect dust. To this day, she sits there. Her friend does too (I got a My Twin "friend" doll the next year.).

Nowadays I actually look forward to getting practical gifts. I've asked for things like potholders, oven mitts, and jeans. I've asked for sheet music and entertainment, since I live alone with no cable. I ask for things I know I will use and need. I'm getting boring in my old age.

I love celebrating Christmas with gifts. God gave us his son on Christmas Day (Not literally, since Jesus was actually born in like April or June [Those are close right?].) . In that same way, I think it is important for us to give each other gifts. Not that we can gift each other anything nearly as important as Jesus, but that we can remember the spirit of giving. We can't help but get the fringe benefit of receiving without denying someone else the spirit of giving. It may not be completely altruistic to give presents on Christmas, but there are arguments to suggest that nothing is altruistic. As long as receiving is accompanied by thankfulness and humbleness, I think it's appropriate for the season. So maybe a seven year old does not need a Macbook Air, and a ten year old does not need a $100+ "My Twin" doll that freaks her out two weeks later. So the seven year old may be tough out of luck in the Macbook department, and I may not have always enjoyed my very expensive, look alike. However, the 7 year old is sure to get some things on her list, and I really appreciated my parents listening to what I wanted when I was ten.

As for fighting for a parking spot at the mall, I honestly have no idea why that has to accompany Christmas. A necessary evil I suppose to balance out all the goodwill and cheer.

Happy Christmahanakwanzika folks! (I'm not trying to be P.C. I just think it's funny.)