After the last bite of pumpkin pie is scraped off your plate, you begin the journey to have a perfect Christmas. The commercials and music have already started but you choose to wait until then to even deal with the ups and downs of the Christmas season.
As the reminders continue around you, you map out your plan for a perfect Christmas. Is there a perfect Christmas? What is Christmas?
Christmas for those who follow Christian religions is the celebration of Jesus’ birth. The symbolism of gifts represent the villagers bringing small gifts when visiting Baby Jesus. Now Christmas means getting that new IPhone or XBox system and making sure that we spend the “right” amount of money on our gifts. It instead is the season of lists: what presents do I buy, what cards do I send, and what day am I hosting or cooking.
Some nights I just watch the sappy Hallmark Channel movies that always have a happy ending, that display the perfect Christmas decorations and celebrations, and I still realize that we are not perfect and we should embrace the love and joy we find in our own Christmas.
So it’s December 23rd and I’m wrapping the last of my presents trying to keep that Christmas spirit alive. Remembering who I am going to share Christmas with, who I am going to miss again this year and reflecting on this year that is almost behind us. Let us each try to find the joy in our own little Christmas. Don’t look anywhere else. Just inside your heart and see and feel what is truly around you. As the card says, feel the joy and love each other. Soon the New Year will be hear and we can start all over with our new hopes and dreams.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and joy to all of you. May the new year bring us closer to who we truly want to be.