We may all come from different backgrounds, different religions, different states, and even different countries- but I wanted to be among the first to wish you a most wonderful holiday season- filled with all of the joy that comes with holiday gatherings, family and friends, old traditions and new.
We may all be celebrating different things- but the spirit we share unites us all. The wish for peace, the sharing of good cheer, hopes held high for the perfect ending to 2010, and the excitement for everything that waits for us in 2011. This is my favorite time of year! By coming from such a large family I have so many wonderful memories: Candlelight Christmas Eve church services, family dinners where at 20 years old I was still sitting at the “kid’s table”, my father and uncles playing their guitars while everyone sang carols and hymns in front of the Christmas tree, and my mom and aunts baking the widest assortment of cookies and fudge you’ve ever seen with a special batch just for Santa and his reindeer. And of course, I can’t forget the paper shredding festivities of Christmas morning that usually resulted in at least one family member’s prize gift being accidentally tossed in the trash amidst the chaos. The memories are vivid- and I’m definitely looking forward to making many more with my two sons this year.
This time of year can be terribly stressful if you let it. I recommend that you simply don’t. Don’t cave into the pressure to buy happiness- it can’t be bought. Forget the commercials from Zales, Kay, and every other retailer that tells you that the more you spend the more you’re loved. I am so grateful to have come from a family that taught me that happiness and love exist completely independent of money and possessions.
Monday Morning Perspective:
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie
“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!” – D.M. Dellinger
This holiday season I want to challenge you to forget the marketing ploys, leave the stress of holiday shopping to those who have forgotten what this season really represents, and embrace the riches that you’ve been blessed with long before you think to reach for your wallet. Count your family, friends, health, and happiness first- you won’t have room for disappointment once your heart is already full!
To you and yours from my family and I- Have a wonderful week and a very Merry Christmas!
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