It’s almost Christmas, and for many of us it can be a stressful time. Running around, fighting crowds trying to get a deal. Staying alert, dodging people who drive a little too fast, and feeling the stress and financial burden to find the perfect present. Sadly many fall into the hectic of these and many more reasons and forget the magic of this special time.
For me it was working in retail for many years, making the Christmas season for special for others, and being too exhausted to enjoy my own. I have skipped working in retail for the past two seasons and I am grateful for visiting the German Christmas markets where I was reminded of the spirit of Christmas and why this time has always been my favorite holiday.
Here are a few other things to consider in the spirit of giving and just being merry.
This Christmas end a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Keep a promise. Find the time. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind, be gentle. Appreciate. Laugh a little. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Gladden the heart of a child. Welcome a stranger. Take pleasure in the beauty and the wonder of earth. Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it yet, once again.