If I were to ask various people what Christmas means to them, I would most likely get several different answers. Some would say it is all about Jesus being born to become Savior of the world . Others would say it’s about giving gifts, helping the needy, getting together with loved ones and having a festive meal. All of these answers are right.
As Christmas approaches, my wish is that you fully appreciate the significance of the holiday, whatever it means to you. We all have good intentions when the holidays come. We want to experience joy with our loved ones, and work hard to make Christmas festive for everyone. But sometimes, with all the preparation that goes on, we can become caught up with working so much that we don’t experience what the season is all about.
In all of your busyness, it is important to have your moment—that special moment when you stop, connect with others and reflect on the reason for the season. This moment can happen in many different ways:
•Tell your young children or grand children the story of Jesus’ birth. The spiritual significance of Christmas adds a whole new meaning behind the reason we give gifts.
•Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while and have a good old-fashioned chat.
•Spend some time alone, counting your blessings. Put on some holiday music, have a drink and light the fireplace if you have one.
•Go through old photo albums to reminisce on good times. It will help you appreciate how far you’ve come.
•Enclosed a handwritten letter or note with each Christmas gift, letting loved ones know how you feel about them. This is an unexpected gesture that is sure to generate positive results.
•Hang out with someone, and do what you all like doing, such as going to a ball game, movie, bowling or arcade.
•Don’t feel obligated to keep the same tradition every year. If you feel like doing something different, like going out to eat instead of dining at home, go ahead and do it. Each Christmas is different, and it is special in its own way.
•Start a new tradition. Instead of binge eating, then planting yourself in front of the TV, have your guests join you for a walk around the block. It’s a great way to burn calories and it will be a refreshing change of pace.
The point is to stay joyful, no matter what you do, or who you are with. Inglewood Today wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas.