Christmas Eve At The Prison~Repost

by adustyframe ~ December 20th, 2011

I went to visit Lee on Christmas Eve.

The visiting room was decorated. A tree stood in the corner its lights twinkling brightly. A toy train chugged around the base,happily unaware of its location.

The air was full of the sounds of people in a festive mood. Lots of loud talking, laughter, and smiles.

There was a Santa sitting at a table passing out coloring books and crayons to the children visiting. A piece of humanity in a place that often seems to ignore the humanity of our loved ones.

I sat waiting for Lee.

I saw a college girl home for Christmas visiting her Dad. She smiled brightly and chatted away to him about her last semester.

Grandmas hugging their grandsons. A brother visiting from another city.

Snippets of conversation floating all around me. Green prison issued clothing everywhere–even peeking out from underneath Santa’s costume.

I heard someone say, “If I never wear green again, it will be too soon.” I chuckled to myself. Yes! It’s such an ugly color. Each inmate looking much like the others.

By the time Lee got to the visiting room, I was rather morose. I wished that we didn’t have to spend another Christmas apart.

He hugged me and I cried.

“Hey! What’s the matter?”

“I just miss you and I wish you were home for Christmas.” It is true that we miss him everyday, but everything seemed to crash in on me when I saw him.

He hugged me and said, “Forget about it.”

So the tears were tucked away for another day. The lights still twinkled. Santa still passed out books to children. Laughter still echoed around us. Green clothing abounded.

We sat together celebrating Christmas in our own way. Playing Yahtzee and laughing with each other.

Christmas really isn’t about who is home or not. It’s not about the gifts or what color our clothing is. It is only about Jesus.

Christmas comes even to the prison.


5 Thoughts Shared to Christmas Eve At The Prison~Repost

  1. Julieanne

    It would be very hard to visit someone in prison over holidays like Christmas, but so important! Blessings to you!


  2. Barbara H.

    So glad you don’t have to go there this year!

    ME TOOO!!!!!!!

  3. Stefanie

    I’m so glad to hear that he’s home this year. I know how difficult it is to be apart from your loved ones at Christmas.

    My #1 worst life moment was the Christmas my hubby was in Iraq. He managed to not have any missions on Christmas Eve and was able to watch our daughter open the presents from him on the web cam. It was just awful. He looked so miserable even our daughter noticed. It was even more difficult than his 2nd deployment there when I had our second daughter. I think the visual from the web cam was just too much.

    I’m really, really glad you guys are together this year.

  4. Jennifer

    This is the first year our whole family spent Christmas together in a long time since my big sis got out of prison this fall. It is wonderful to celebrate together at home, and I’m glad you are all together again, too.

  5. Kym

    Glad you don’t have to go this year and are together. Such a difficult time for families to be apart.

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