What is the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the word “Christmas”? Is it presents? SHAME ON YOU! (Unless you are picturing yourself giving someone else a gift. That’s okay.)
Christmas is first of all a religious holiday, but you don’t have to be Christian – or even religious – to enjoy the season. It’s a great time for friends and family to get together. Everyone can decorate a tree, share a festive meal and exchange gifts. Adults can participate in the Santa Claus tradition for the little ones, sing carols, drink eggnog, join in the office party and then get time off from work! Who is complaining?
Oh, sure, sure, I’ve heard all the comments about how commercialized it has become, but you are not compelled to be a part of all that. No. You don’t have to go out and shop on Black Friday. You don’t have to spend a fortune on presents. No. Give something of yourself to others only because you care about them, not because you feel obligated or because you want to impress them. That’s the spirit of Christmas.
A popsicle-stick star sprinkled with glitter and proudly handed to you by a five-year-old is worth more than an expensive scarf given to you by that neighbor who sells PartyLite. There is no guile in a child, only a desire to make you happy.
Likewise, the old Aunt who gives you a jar of peach preserves that she put up herself is just as tickled to get a homemade batch of cookies from you. She doesn’t need another pair of house slippers or another bottle of Shalimar perfume. Trust me on this.
You don’t have to go crazy trying to out-do your neighbors with the decorations either. A homemade wreath on the door is sufficient. And, if you remember to throw some carrots out the door on Christmas Eve for Santa’s reindeer, you’ve done enough to make yourself a hero in the children’s eyes. No one can top that!
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My all time favorite Christmas books are available here at CPL – check them out!