As we are quickly approaching December and all the fun celebrating that will soon be upon us; I thought this would be a good time to remember what this season is truly about. So often everyone is in a rush trying to get a million things done such as decorating, shopping, holiday parties, while others are adding traveling to their long lists. Still others are facing one of the loneliest times of the year.
The one thing we all have in common is that we need to remember what the season is truly about. We need to remember to keep Christ in Christmas and focus on the true meaning instead of the materialistic aspects of the holiday. Yes, presents are fun to open as well as decorating the house and making gingerbread houses but it’s so much more than that.
The joy that we can feel in our hearts as we keep the meaning of Christmas alive makes the holiday so much more meaningful and uplifting instead of stressing over the lines in the stores, the money in the bank, the number of people that we need to shop for or in the case of the ones who are alone this year the dread of looking towards the holidays with no one to spend it with.
This is a great time of year to be able to volunteer our time with local charities, nursing homes, shelters and spreading some cheer to those who may not be as fortunate as us. My heart goes out to those who are alone especially this time of year when it’s a time to celebrate with friends and family. If time is an issue, which let’s face it some of us are on a time crunch, then this is a great time to pay it forward. One kind gesture can make someones day, week, month or year. We don’t know what challenges others are facing so why not extend ourselves even with the smallest gesture such as a smile, or holding the door open for others, wishing someone a good day or even holding our tongue when we’re frustrated and tired.
We need to allow ourselves to be inspired with the assistance of God by treating others the way we would like to be treated. God would be so pleased to see us giving of ourselves unselfishly and extending ourselves to others who need it the most. It’s a perfect time for us to allow God to use us to help others. I have found that the more that I withdraw from the materialistic aspects of the holiday and reflect on God and His desire to use me I feel more cheerful, relaxed, peaceful and joyous.
Jesus is the reason for the season so why not celebrate Him in the most unselfish way, let’s give back. We should take the time to thank God for all that we have and all that He has blessed us with. He has provided us with so many blessings, in fact more than we deserve so let’s take some time out of our busy schedules and spread the spirit the way God would like for us to do- without asking for recognition for our good deeds.
This is the beginning of yet another Christmas season so let’s make this season the best yet! Let’s remain focused on what God deems important and less on the items that can disappear in an instant without God’s blessing. May God bless us all during this season as we humbly celebrate His only Son’s birth.