It’s Christmas time! Miraculously, some people have all their shopping done, they have their presents wrapped and under the tree, the house is fully decorated inside and out! They know what they’re going to serve for the Christmas meal and already baked a gazillion dozen of cookies for friends, family, and neighbors! Me? Not be a long shot! I have much admiration for those people though and wish I could get my act together. For many, it’s chaos, worry, lack of money, resources, friends, family, and loneliness.
When I was a little girl, I didn’t even know about Santa except for the times we watched him on TV if we had a (we were very poor). We didn’t always have a TV. Santa was a made up character from cartoons, like Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, daffy duck, and others. I knew adults used him to get children to behave themselves or Santa wouldn’t bring them a present. I was always good so I knew he was fake! Lol. We didn’t always celebrate Christmas either. I didn’t understand what it was about. My earliest memory of Christmas, I might have been four years old. We might have had a tree, but I remember me and my 3 siblings, received one of those free little bibles. I didn’t know about toys, clothes, decorations, etc…I think people put too much pressure on themselves at Christmas time. My mother did the best she could with what she had for her children.
So many people out there saying, “I just want to give my kids a good Christmas!” What is a good Christmas? What does that look like for you? In my mind, a good Christmas is having a place to live, food to eat, clothes to wear, and surrounded by the people you love. The message has been sorely lost. The message is peace, love, and goodwill towards all people! Yet we have divisions on this planet by color, race, religion, sex, politics, and all other manner of petty issues. We try to take care of me and mine, and blind to the needs of others. Peace, love, and goodwill towards all people! We try to get that one present we think will make someone happy or make ourselves happy, yet forget about peace, love, and goodwill towards all people.
I know Christmas time is a good time to be with friends and family. It’s a nice thing to share gifts with one another. I’m certainly not downing that part because I’ll be here with my own around my tree, sharing love, gifts, and a nice meal. It’s a perfect time to mend a wound. It’s a perfect time to say, “I love you.” It’s a perfect time to give from the heart. Of course, any time is a good time to do those things, I believe the message of peace, love, and goodwill towards all people should be 365 days of the year! This is the heart of my message, don’t let this perfect opportunity slip by you. Let Christmas be in our hearts year round. The gift of Christ was to remind each other that we are loved, that we can be peacemakers, we can spread goodwill towards ALL people.
Remember, let’s give the gift of a smile, a hug, forgiveness, mercy, grace, love, patience, kindness, time, merriment, and goodwill. Merry Christmas!
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