It’s that time of year again, December is here with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the piles of gifts under the huge expensively decorated Christmas tree, the sparkly twinkle lights in the windows, the Vista Print family photo cards in the mail, the numerous trips to the mall with ridiculously like streamer gift list, the turkey dinners or cold seafood lunches (I grew up in Australia remember – no turkeys or snow there) with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and greetings or goodbyes of “Merry Christmas” at every occasion? Is this really Christmas?
Christmas can be a time of sorrow. There is not a lot of extra money to buy numerous presents for their children, family, and friends. Some are very saddened at Christmastime knowing that many of their loved ones will not be able to come together for a meal and huge turkey dinners may be only a wish for others desperately trying to make ends meet financially.
Unfortunately society in these past years also seems to have placed unrealistic expectations on the amount of gifts expected, the dollar value of the gifts and that you are expected to buy gifts for all and sundry, and providing a fancy dinner with copious amounts of alcohol, all determine whether you are a “good” person. And you are somehow lacking if you don’t provide all of these…….
Christmas is supposed to be a season of great joy and happiness. Which to me means – family (your family are those you love and those that love you) together decorating the tree with collected and treasured ornaments, creating memories and traditions that children remember fondly – like hanging a stocking and leaving Santa a simple small glass or milk with a homemade cookie, the sharing of a lovingly made meal with others, spending “real” time with family and friends, the giving of a thoughtful gift without expecting one in return, being kind to others, and helping those in need.