It’s still November, but the spirit of the rapidly approaching Christmas holidays can already be felt not only in the well decorated stores, but also at home while we’re trying to come up with bright ideas for this year’s gift list. I should admit that Christmas is my very favorite time of the year. And you know why? Because I feel that during this special month of December, we’re changing our attitude towards each other and towards everything that surrounds us. Call me naive, but I really do believe that we become better people once we feel that holiday whiff of cinnamon, home-baked bread, hot cocoa, and beautiful Christmas cookies.
I know that for many people this is also the busiest and most stressful time of the year because of all the Christmas rush for presents, meals, guests, holiday activities, etc. But if we manage to take a moment (or a couple of hours, actually) and plan everything that we’ll need and want to do during those festive days, it will probably be much more easier to enjoy them ourselves and to allow this special Christmas spirit to enter our hearts.
Christmas is not about the presents we give or receive. It’s about being thankful for what we have. The gifts we give are just our way of saying “Thank you for being here with me this Christmas” or “Thank you for everything that you’ve done”. I think we sometimes forget that. We dive into a hectic search for “amazing” expensive Christmas presents, surpassing ourselves year after year, and often expecting the same in return. But Christmas is about love, hope and joy.
Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Christmas is about celebrating this incredible act of love. In this way, we show our gratitude for what God did for us. What’s more, we become more conscious of the less fortunate – the people in need of love, hope and joy. And this is what makes us better people at Christmas. We open our hearts for the world. We become engaged in other people’s stories. We are willing to give rather than receive.
Let’s open our hearts this Christmas and remember why we’re celebrating. Let’s teach our children to be more conscious, loving and open-hearted. Let’s give a Christmas to someone in need.
I’m really excited to share with you something I learned this weekend thanks to Ruth Soukup and her weekly newsletter. It’s an amazing initiative called Operation Christmas Child. The idea is that you fill a shoebox for a child. You can put anything inside (from toys to clothes and essentials). And you know what’s even more amazing? You can do it online as well! It’s such a wonderful and easy way to bring joy to someone who will probably bear it in his heart forever!
I believe that Christmas holidays affect our attitude for good. We have a choice to ceaselessly rush from one thing to another or to take a break and appreciate what we’re given; to be weary and stressed over organization or to be grateful and conscious to what’s happening around us.
Some say it’s early (it’s only November!), but I think that if we feel it – then it’s time.
What about you? How do you perceive the approaching holidays? Share with us in the comments below.