Christmas is only a few days away and I can’t believe it. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I would keep our Christmas tree up all year if I could (not kidding). I love everything about Christmas time, from the decorations, to the traditions, to seeing loved ones and the warm feeling that fills the air.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hectic nature of the holidays. Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, getting those great sale items and so on. I get it, we’ve all been there. Heck, last week, a lady rammed her shopping cart into me on purpose because I wasn’t moving quick enough for her – I can’t make this stuff up. BUT. Here’s the thing. It’s so easy (and I mean scary easy) to get caught up in this hectic holiday rush – and that’s what I’m talking to you all about today. It’s easy to forget the TRUE meaning of the season (cliche, but it’s true). What we NEED to remember during the holidays are three things.
Give. Love. Thank.
We need to look past the holiday madness of people running their carts into us in the stores, getting honked at in a parking lot, getting yelled at because you’re not going fast enough and all of the other stresses that happen. We need to look past this, because that’s not the true meaning of the holidays and it’s too easy to forget that.
We need to GIVE. I’m not just saying give gifts to our family, friends and significant others (even though that’s important too), I’m saying give to others as well. Downtown, there is a tree with angel tags of children whose families can’t afford gifts for them during Christmas. People can take these angel tags off the tree, buy a gift for the child listed on the tag and then drop it off at the location. This is the second year I’ve made it a point to get those angel tags and get gifts for kids. When I went back to bring my gifts, I saw over 30 tags on the tree, and it made me cry. There are so many people who are less fortunate than us, and those are the people we need to remember during this time. If you have some spare change, give it to someone who needs it. If you have coats you’re not wearing anymore, donate them to people who are cold. If you have food (or want to go buy some for the occasion), donate it to those who are hungry. If you have some free time, volunteer. If you see angel tags for children who can’t afford gifts, grab two. The list is endless, and no matter how small the action is, it WILL make a change in someone’s life – and THAT is what matters.
We need to LOVE. We need to remember to love one another and tell others we love them. In a world filled with a lot of anger and hate, we need to remember that love overpowers it and is way stronger. That can be easy to forget, but it must be remembered. We also need to remember to tell those we love that we love them, how much they mean to us and how happy we are to have them in our lives. Again, this is a simple gesture but love is one of the most important things in this world – and we need to remember to spread it. The holidays aren’t easy for everyone – and some people need more love than others.
We need to THANK people. When someone gives to you, don’t forget to say thank you and don’t forget to acknowledge that person and their generous action – because they did not have to give to you. I think it’s also easy to forget to thank people for even the most simple gestures, because we take it for granted. We CAN’T take any act of kindness for granted. A simple thank you goes a long way, and during the holidays when so many people give, remember to thank them. I promise you, you can never thank someone too much and saying thank you will never go unnoticed (even if you think it does).
Well, friends, thank you for reading this. We can all make this world a better place with our actions – even if it’s making the world better to one person.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays!