Monday was the official kickoff to the Christmas holiday. It was the first year I was unable to participate in what has now become a Retail Association tradition. From what I hear, it was a fabulous evening shared by many people who greeted Santa Claus when he arrived courtesy of the Sleepy Eye firemen.
I have to admit, I love Christmas and everything it means. The Christ Child born in the stable, spending wonderful time with my children, grandchildren, family and friends.
Last year we tried something new and it didn’t go so well. So I need to figure out something else we can do each year so my grandchildren know Christmas is not just about getting an abundance of gifts, but more about being with those you love and the greatest gift of all... God’s Son.
There is so much negativity in the world that we need to sometimes step back and look at the big picture. Decide what is most important in our lives. Is it the hustle, pushing, shoving, bad mouthing and all the drama that surrounds holidays and shopping for the greatest deal? And it’s not even just at holiday time, but each day. Why does it have to be such a struggle to be kind to people? A couple of weeks ago it was Random Acts of Kindness Week. Did anyone do something nice for someone else just out of the blue for no particular reason? Some kindness that was not just part of a daily routine, but you went that extra mile to be nice to someone? I should like to think I did. But if I did, for the life of me I can’t remember what it was.
This year, kick off the Christmas season with love for those around you. I read in a book if we treated everyone in our lives the way we treated our good friends, the world would be an amazing place to live. In reflecting on that, I would never hurt someone I considered a friend. So the love and compassion you share with your best friends, bestow on those around you each day, even if they aren’t your best friend and spread the message of the Good News this Christmas season. Peace, Forgiveness, Mercy and God’s greatest gift to us, His Son who saved us even from ourselves. God grant you a blessed Christmas.
Thought for the week:
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them. – Louise May Alcott.