Saturday, December 1, 2007

The Season

December 1st

It's the holidays and I feel like all I've done lately is complain about them. "I'm so busy", I'm so tired", "I wish I didn't have to do this", "I don't have time to do that" and so on, and so on. I've been going through movements both in my work and at home. I've realized that this isn't how I should spend my whole holiday season. It would be such a waste of such a magical and spiritural time.

The holidays are a time for giving selflessly. For believing without analyzing. For finding the child deep within. It's a time to tell your friends what they've meant to you over the past year/ years. For shutting the outside world out and spending a little extra time with your family no matter if that time is available or not.....

This Christmas season I'm going to sit by the tree in the evenings in the dark and admire the lights. I'm going to take notice of the lights in the streets and on houses and remember all the hard work it took for someone to get those up there....even if they aren't perfect. I'm going to drink eggnog and rum sprinkled with a little nutmeg and not one minute think that it's going to my thighs. I'm going to eat and be merry. I'm going to sing Christmas carols with conviction and heart. I'm going to loose myself in my child's imagination. I'm going to give without thinking of what I'm getting out of it. I'm going to put a little more change in the bell ringers' little red buckets at the stores.

I think people get so caught up in the the holidays, including myself, that they forget to enjoy them, or even remember what Christmas is all about. The true meaning of Christmas is is taken for granted and swept away with shopping and gift giving and the bustle. I wish everyone would take a minute in this wild roller-coaster season to reflect on it's true meaning and why this holiday exists.

Enjoy life. Enjoy the specialness of this's only comes once a year.


Annie said...

Very Very True!! Thank for reminding us to stop and remember the real reason for the season.

Amy Benzenhafer said...

Sign me up for some egg nog and Christmas carols!

Hope your season is magical!!!