December 25, 2017
Show Some Real Christmas Spirit
“Christmas is not a time nor a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge
If you’re taking a break from unwrapping all the Christmas presents, preparing for a big holiday feast with family and friends, or just kicking back for some much-needed rest and relaxation today, take a moment to reflect on the real spirit of Christmas.
Hint: It’s not how many gifts you got.
Bigger hint: It’s free and always with you.
It’s so easy to lose sight of what Christmas spirit is at its core when everywhere you go you’re confronted with endless advertisements for products and services, toys, gifts, jewelry, lifestyle experiences, you name it, all purporting to make your life better, simpler, more enjoyable, productive, profitable and balanced.
What used to be confined to a few weeks or at best a month before Christmas now starts as early as mid-September. It makes me laugh to think of marketers lining up ad campaigns that early. By the time the actual holiday rolls around, most consumers are fairly fed up with all the reminders. But that’s the free market and enterprise at work.
Still, it’s not at all reflective of the real spirit of Christmas.
Whether you’re surrounded by family and friends today or celebrating Christmas by yourself, keep in mind that peace and goodwill are at the heart of genuine Christmas spirit. Wishing for a better tomorrow by promising to display more generosity, mercy and forgiveness today is a good start toward embracing what Christmas means.
While we’re not all going to nail it the first time, we do get better with practice. Fortunately, Christmastime returns once each year to give us another opportunity to hone our skills and look forward with hope to the days and months ahead.
Peace and blessings today, everyone. Merry Christmas!
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