Went out to do a little last minute shopping today and despite the craziness, actually, got a bit embraced by the Christmas Spirit. Caught myself singing along to the Christmas music playing….probably much to the dismay of the people next to me. Every one was hustling around to pick up those last minute gifts….it’s those ‘grab off the table as you pass thru the door’ ones or the ones that are always near the cashier that somehow you think at the moment that it is the perfect gift…..for someone.
As I was standing in line, I was thinking that’s what we sometimes do in everyday life too. We get in a rush and just “grab” for things and don’t really take time to think about what’s going to happen further down the road. We don’t even consider what we’re doing and whether it is the right thing for not just ourselves, but those that are closest to us that might be affected. We barrel ahead and don’t slow down to look at what we are trying to accomplish or how it will affect everyone. I guess we don’t slow down for fear, we might be on the wrong path and have to do twice as much to get back on the right one….or admit wrongdoing to those that we might have “stepped on” as we were rushing along.
That’s what I like about Christmastime. It forces me to slow down a bit and just enjoy the moment and reflect on what has happened throughout the year. It’s not about fancy gifts or big displays of holiday food piled high on the table. Rather, it’s just about soaking up the magical moments of the holiday. The most simple happening can bring tears to your eyes and joy to your heart. Unpacking an old Christmas ornament from days gone by can make you feel like you are experiencing that moment all over again. I love the thought of believing in Santa and keeping his whimsical spirit alive. We all like that thought, right?!! Christmas is a time to unbind the restrictions of age and find the child within.
If you are spending time with family tomorrow, I hope you take time to really enjoy the joy and love that surrounds you. There may be some tired, grumpy ones in the bunch, but you can still love them and give them a big hug and tell them how much they mean to you. That’s right! Tell them “You Matter to me!” Bet they smile.
If you are away from your family this year, I’m sure you can find friends or someone that could use a little holiday cheer and would enjoy soaking up the Christmas spirit along with you.
Share the joy, share the love, share yourself.
Be in the moment and embrace the magic of Christmas.
It only comes once a year…..Don’t “rush” through the moment.
All my friends who have posted here and read my Blog throughout this past year have given me the joy of a big smile each time I’ve read your comments.
This has been a wonderful gift.
Thank you for caring.
Merry Christmas to You All!