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No crying over someone's intoxication, no presents to compare, no hurt feeling over who showed up or not, and no having to caretake other folks feelings, another words the abscense of stress, I discovered the joy of Christmas as 21 year old sitting alone on a step in Vietnam in 69-70... (Go figure) Still seek those "alone" moments at xmas to find the presence of the Christ Child. In the dark of a small south Mississippi Sanctuary with the Christ candle burning on xmas eve I continue to find that presence in the serving of the loaf and cup... I learned to move past others/my expectation to the adoration of the Christ child. It still takes practice but having others share in such a practice helps along the way...