The Christmas Gift

by Kelly on December 27, 2009

photo by minato I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate!  As I’m sitting here listening to the last remnants of Christmas music on the radio, I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on why I think the holiday season is so important.

In my eyes, there is so much more to Christmas than a baby born 2000-ish years ago, giving and receiving gifts, and capitalism.  Sure, the time spent with family and friends is much cherished and really probably all too rare.  But what stood out to me the most this year is the was that Christmas feels like. 

It’s entirely too easy to get caught up in the mundane aspects of life during the year.  We lose ourselves in our jobs and the details of housework and errands.  It’s easy to lose focus, become stressed out, and sometimes even depressed.  Too much to do… too little time. 

Thankfully, it kind of seems like Christmas “resets” us.  It gets everybody on the same page again, if only for a moment.  Although I’m sure some people would argue that Christmas time is the cause for the stress and too much to do, I think the feeling of Christmas permeates and transforms all that.  Around the holidays, people remember to be kind to each other again.  The music is happy and light-hearted instead of about anger and heartache.  We put up bright colorful lights to make the best out of the long dark nights.  I mean, how symbolic is that?!?

Christmas stirs in us a feeling of HOPE.  For a moment, the world makes sense again.

I urge you as you prepare for the new year, try to hang onto this feeling.  Hang on to kindness, caring, letting your light shine, and spreading joy.  Hang onto the feeling of hopefulness and let it guide you toward all the desires of your heart with child-like excitement and expectation.

What does the holiday season mean to you?  Share your special stories below…

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