December 23rd, 2010 2:27 PM by Wendy Thomas
I just read through the Allen Tate blog, and there was a post titled, "Does the holiday spirit last all year?" That started me thinking about the "Christmas spirit", and what's important at Christmas.
This has been a difficult year for so many families. The economy has gotten off-course, the real estate market is down, many people are out of work... And it's easy to focus on how things may have been harder for you this past year. But even with less money in our pockets, we have warm clothes on our backs, a warm place to sleep, and people who love and care for us. The past two years have definitely been two of the most difficult economic years that anyone has ever lived through, but just what goes up must come down, it has to eventually go up again. Don't dwell on the negative, and look forward to what is to come.... yes, I am (for the most part) the eternal optimist, but I can't imagine being any other way! :)
We have always traveled in years past on Christmas Day. One year, we decided to stay home, only my little family of five, and enjoy the day together on Christmas. We ended up having a very calm, slow day, and although it was nice, it wasn't Christmas. To me, the Christmas spirit is enjoying family, no matter how crazy it can sometimes be, and sharing in that special time together. This year, my kids seem torn; since we're facing the possibility of snow on Christmas Day, they want to stay home to see it, but they also have realized that Christmas is all about family.
So to me, the "Christmas spirit" is enjoying time with the ones you love. It's also about giving your time and talent to others who may not have the support or the blessings that you have in your life. It's about appreciating your health and doing what you can to take care of yourself and your family. Think of others, and do what you can to help the less fortunate. Teach your children to do the same. Enjoy every single day, and when you have a bad day/week/month, always find the bright spot and be thankful.
Wishing you and your family a very happy, healthy, and safe Christmas and let's have a prosperous New Year! :)