Growing older sometimes brings about wisdom which affects the way you look at Christmas. It could very well be that once you get to a certain age you see how things were and how they are now. The War on Christmas, well, it's just not worth it. There are times that I feel that I don't even want to put up a tree. I'll give in, of course for the sake of the grandchildren, but that is NOT what Christmas has become to me. Honestly, it can be a chore...just like it was for my grandmother and several other's I remember them feeling the same way. So much fuss is so unnecessary!
It is not about things. If I have nothing, Christmas will still, and "has" come, no-one can take that away from us. If you find yourself getting out of sorts about the so-called war on Christmas, then you are in a very large sense, in a war once again with yourself, which means you are not at peace.
Give yourself the gift of peace this Christmastime. There is little peace around lately. We all must have an attitude check-- first, starting with lets not get caught up in the nonsense of needing to have....which leads to frustration. The expectation list seems to grow and grow each and every year, but not our salaries. Everything is such a hastle and so expensive. They tell us they've got to have it. We still have to pay our bills, live within your means.
Stifle the I wants...Can you have a Merry Christmas with little, sure. Listening to Christmas carols can put you in the mood, but it can also be very depressing. We won't go there but know it is not all fun and games for many who are alone or who have lost most of their family members. Years ago families were closer and they would actually visit. No one has time for visiting the elderly anymore. You don't have to go far to feel the hardship which can be in your own backyard. Haven't you noticed that people are grumpy? The grinches are everywhere--trying to steel your joy. Where have all the solictors, holiday ads, catelogs and circulars come from? Learn to say "no thanks."
If you are going to work yourself up over the little things in life, then you are in fact at war with yourself. Agitation in any amount causes your cells to go bonkers resulting in bodily stress, illness and that, will eventually kill you. We are so pent up with the do's dont's and can't haves that we forget to be "happy" never mind merry. Discover the joy, not of materialism but of life. Give the gift of a smile, and put on the cloak of kindness. Maybe you can share with someone who has less. Be the first to Love. Be grateful for all that you have and are, and for those you hold dear. Above all, remember what Christmas is really all about--Christ the Savior is Born.
Have yourself a Merry Christmas, after all you are responsible for you. Keep it simple...May You find Peace this Christmas and may it bring forth a happy, and healthy New Year for you and those you love.
Almost A Minyan
2 months ago