As I was doing the last of my Christmas shopping this morning (prior to the mobs) I had time to reflect on what Christmas means to me.
Of course it means lots of good food, presents, parties, etc. But for me it’s more about spending times with the friends and family you love and care about. It seems fitting that Christmas falls toward the end of the year because I feel like it’s a great time to appreciate the people who mean the most to you and who have been a part of your life. Christmas, while a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus (for you religious folks out there) is in my opinion, a time to celebrate the gift of life, love and friendship. When I give someone a Christmas present, in a sense it’s a thank you for being a part of my life and making it better. There is so much commercialism during this time that I feel a lot is lost in the giving of gifts. You make a list of the people you HAVE to give gifts to…it becomes a hassle, you get frustrated with the crowds or not knowing what to give people. Even I get get caught up in this from time to time, but I always try to remember what Christmas means to me….and this morning I had time to really think about it and let it sink in.
If you’re reading this, I hope that you take some time out to think about what the holidays mean to you…and find some joy in it. For those of you who are a part of my life, thank you for being there. You are appreciated even if I don’t say it enough…know that I think it on a regular basis. And for those of you who don’t know me but happened upon this post, I hope you too find some joy and meaning behind this holiday. Whether your religious or not, I think everyone can find something positive in this season.
Merry Christmas to you all, with much love, joy and peace.