Content with the Time

I recently finished reading Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol for the first time. Of course, I was already very familiar with the story having seen it performed on stage as well as on TV specials, but there was something uniquely satisfying and enlightening about reading the book itself. One of my favorite scenes is in the home of Bob Crachit as his family gathers together on Christmas today to celebrate. This is Dickens description of the scene:

They were not a handsome family; they were not well dressed; their shoes were far from being water-proof; their clothes were scanty; and Peter might have known, and very likely did, the inside of a pawnbroker’s. But, they were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the time…

I hope that the same thing could be said of my family this Christmas, even with all of the activity of Christmas, that we would be content with the time.