It's that time of year again, when all those mushy, warm and fuzzy movies about finding true love and being happy forever are on TV. It's the time when people actually seem to remember that Christ was born. So what are you doing for the holidays?
For writers, it's usually the one time of the year that they back away from their computers and visit with the world again.
Buying presents, putting up the tree, stringing lights, planning meals, and welcoming friends and family.
Let your senses take you to Christmas. Smell the pies, hear the sleigh bells, see the smiles on people's faces. It's a time of love, of giving and doing for others.
I love the sights and smells of Christmas. I love the giving that people do, putting aside the fact that they might not have much for themselves, but want to give all they can to others.
I think if we ever did away with Christmas most of the good would go with it. Because Christmas is more than just a day. It's more than a holiday. It's a spirit we all get into for a while. We stop all the busy things in our life and pay attention to what matters most. Our loved ones.
When you think of Christmas you think of the birth of Christ, Santa Claus, giving to others, getting together with your family. And cooking too.
Christmas wouldn't be right if there were no cookies for Santa, or pies for Grandpa, or Turkey's to carve. And oh yeah, the green silk ties you always didn't want, and yet you laugh when you get them. Hanging lights in freezing weather so the kids could get those big eyes aimed at you. It's a time when you think of someone besides yourself and your troubles and want to help each other. It's simply a time when people put forth effort toward other people, without wondering what they get out of it. Because the true gift of giving is the gift of love and happiness in your own heart.
But Christmas is so much more than that. It's a feeling, a spirit, that overtakes nearly all of us, to be good, to do good, and to see the good in the world. It's a pause in our busy daily lives. And without it we might not be as human.
One person I talked to said he hated it. That it was when all the angels came out of the woodwork. I asked him what he was talking about, and he said, only at Christmas did people get soft hearted, and care about each other. I felt sorry for that person, and for all the scrooges of the world.
I think most people love Christmas, and even though it is highly commercialized now, there is still that warm fuzzy feeling in most of us. I truly think Christmas is the most human time in the world. Mankind thinks a little better, does a little more, and puts forth such an effort to be a part of this life.
So this Christmas, thank your Mom for making such a fine meal. Thank your Dad for putting the lights up. Thank your kids for being a little nicer. Thank your friends and neighbors for thinking of you.
You might say Christmas is another day of Thanksgiving!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday this year. Take time to appreciate what you have. Take time to say hello to someone who might not have anyone to celebrate it with. Let's spread the joy of Christmas.