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The Spirit Of Christmas Past? Our Traditions
Today I am thinking about the traditions that I practice and I examine them. I remember a time when the stores didn’t start having decorations up and the “specials.” til well after Thanksgiving. Now you can expect to see the beginning of that as early as August a lot of the time. I wonder what this tells our children? I wonder what it really does to most people.
Christmas has become a very stressful time where its more about figuring out how to get that perfect gift for everyone. Max the cards, work overtime. Stress out. And yes I have absolutely found myself doing that too. Especially those of us that are ambitious and have big dreams, can push the need to express that to the limit.
I decided this year to slow it down. Last year the tree didn’t even go up until the week before. Work, Work, Work. Well this year I reflect on what made my holiday really special. It certainly wasn’t that “perfect gift,” I don’t even remember what that was.
I do remember times I have with family and friends. Sitting around the fire til the wee hours telling silly stories, laughing until your sides hurt, tears running down your face! I remember times when there were no dollars to take to the store, and instead we used our creativity and made gifts for each other. Now I that is how real Christmas Memories are made.I find that how you spend the precious 24 hours that I have is the most important thing to focus on. Will what I am doing now matter in even 24 hours from now? I take the time with those I love, I take the time to listen. I am happier then, and so is everyone that I associate with.
Today I look at what I like and what I don’t like about this holiday. I know that no matter what is going on around me I am going to have the best Christmas ever. I know one main thing is that its because I have grown wiser and I have found the center of meaning in my life. I make my family and friends my center. Thanks Facebook friends for being part of my life!