Long live the holidays – The Christmas Spirit
People are joyful, happy and fun-loving on an elevated scale approaching Christmas. Giving and receiving brings about emotions of generosity and value. Children sing and play and ask questions about presents, cookies and Santa.
I love to see the excitement and want to be around shoppers to watch the enthusiasm except for crazy days. I saw a woman the other day who shared with me that she has become exhausted by the thoughts of all the shopping, planning, cooking and life around the holidays. If she could simplify enough to relax and enjoy the days, she would be happier. Christmas time becomes a whir of activity and calendar to-do lists. She wants to enjoy the season but is overwhelmed with duties.
The time of year of December is and should be a joyous, beautiful, enchanting time. Live it like you mean it, in truth, in gratitude and do all you can to make it last. When the spirit e holidays lasts, you grow and bloom more fully. You become intentional about being unselfish and looking out for the care of someone else.
A woman told me not long ago that her husband ruins every holiday party and gathering by drinking too much alcohol. He becomes obnoxious and loud. He needs to be the center of attention. I felt very sorry for her because she has allowed the behavior to continue through the years and her children do not look forward to the holidays even now that they are grown.
Proving in life that we cannot always live on a ‘high’ note is normal, but can we, this year, try to make the spirit of Christmas live just a little longer? Once the rush is on and the care is given to decorations, shopping and spending is over, many people are no longer happy, alone and depressed. Individuals make resolutions they think they can keep but they do not normally persevere past the third week in January.
If you decide this year to be amazed at the season, to enjoy the lights and the music to the maximum, you will learn to treasure how vibrant and heart affecting Christmas can be for you. When you feel the magic of giving, caring, loving and sharing you will touch hearts and make a difference in lives. This difference should continue well past the holidays.
Perhaps you can make new friends and support new people. I watch too many joy makers pass through the season as though they haven’t a care in the world and they indulge to excess. Make a change and a commitment to be the very best example of happiness and light to someone who lives in sadness or who is away from family this year.
~Decide to think on the real meaning of Christmas – He came that we might know true giving, sacrifice and amazing love
~Make the decision to pass generosity along to someone you wouldn’t have noticed before
~Give smiles, donations, a word of encouragement and inclusion to a neighbor
~Reach out in unselfish ways to enjoy the holidays
~Find ways to stretch and grow personally as you reflect on God’s great grace toward you
~Share happiness everywhere you go
~Remember to say “Merry Christmas’ to store employees
~Treasure the days as special. Enjoy as though Christmas was made for you (it was). Pass it on as though it’s a secret you cannot keep.
~Prove that you plan to keep the spirit of Christmas, generosity and God’s love in your heart all year
Let’s not give it up on Dec 26 – this fabulous tradition of honoring the meaning of the manger and it’s simplistic but powerful beauty.
Be thankful. Show gratitude by living the moments of Christmas through out each month. Place on your calendar how you can revive your gracious spirit through-out the year. The world would change if we embraced what has been freely given to us. The love of God in completion. The Christmas spirit lives on without our help but with our participation, we can have a heart full at all times. Be joyful.
Tell your family how precious they are and let your friends know they are appreciated. Enlarge your circle to show your heart to others at all times.
What will your legacy be in the end? What words would describe who you are in life? Make them count. You are being watched by your children, your community and your spouse. Live the life of Christmas all year-long.
Be blessed beyond. Bloom on.
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