Leading up to Christmas is always an exciting time no matter how old you are.

As a child the build-up to Christmas and the seemingly endless Christmas break is exhausting. The days seem to go by at a snail’s pace. In college you barely have time to breathe cramming for finals and writing papers last minute. But there is a level of excitement there too when you hand that last paper in and you’re on break.

Even as an adult leaving work for the day on Dec. 23 is a feeling unlike any other. No matter how old you are, realizing you don’t have to do any work until after Christmas ignites the childlike wonder in all of us.

In spite of the pandemic I have had the most enjoyable holiday season in a very long time. All of my plans had to be cancelled which forced my hand into reminding me what I loved so much about the holiday in the first place. The decorations. The lights. The company. The music. The movies. The traditions.

When we’re busy it’s easy to not find joy in the simple things. But I’ve been extra attuned in to it this year and it has provided me with the best holiday season in recent memory. All though this Christmas may not look like the ones we are used to knowing, I hope that you can learn to find joy in the little things and I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season.

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christ Parish announced traditional and drive-up holiday Masses will be held the following days: Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2, 4 and 10 p.m., Immaculate Conception, and 5:30 p.m., Holy Redeemer. Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, 7:30 and 10:30 a.m., Immaculate Conception, and 9 a.m., Holy Redeemer. New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, 4 p.m., Immaculate Conception, and 5:30 p.m., Holy Redeemer. New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 9 a.m., Immaculate Conception.

The youth group is selling Christmas wreaths. The cost is $10 for a fresh wreath decorated with a red bow. Visit Ciampi’s Greenhouse on Tunkhannock Avenue through Saturday, Dec. 19, and tell them you are purchasing the wreath to benefit the youth group.

Families from the parish will be receiving a winter lottery ticket in the mail. For a $25 donation, you have the chance to match the daily number from January through March to win $50 Mondays through Saturdays, $100 on Sundays, and $150 on the following bonus days: New Year’s Day, Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday. To be eligible to win, your ticket must be purchased by Tuesday, Dec. 15. For tickets, call the rectory at 570-654-2753.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To list an item, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.

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