Well, folks it’s time to be jolly, sing our hearts out with the radio, and get tangled up in rolls and rolls of wrapping paper and ribbon. In other words, ’tis the Christmas Season. There’s nothing we can do to stop it after Thanksgiving, so we might as well go with the flow.
We’re warned every year not to get whisked away by all the hoo-ha, and we try not to, but come on, the best commercials are on this time of year. I cry at every Hallmark advertisement. And the major stores make it look so fun to shop. Still, I try to remember why we’re doing all this celebrating.
My personal Christmas runs the gamut from secular commercialism to the holy. I never forget why we celebrate the birthday that changed the world, but it is easy to get distracted by all the shiny stuff. And there’s nothing wrong with shiny stuff as long as we keep our perspective.
It is also a time to be sensitive to people who want nothing to do with Christmas. They have their reasons and we need to respect them. But if we can help make our blue friends or family members a little less sad by spending time with them and letting them know we love them, it might also help lessen their emotional slump.
In the thirty-six books I’ve written, only two have been Christmas stories.
Both have some tragic parts. Because life goes on, even at Christmastime. Good, bad, ugly, you name it, life goes on, and we have to deal with all of it while baking cookies and pasting on our smiles. The holidays certainly aren’t easy!
So hang tough my dear friends and readers. If you can, do your part to make this Christmas merry and bright. But if that’s not who you are, or where you are at this point in your life, don’t push yourself. My one recommendation is to listen to the Christmas songs that make you smile and find a good memory or two to hang on to.
If that doesn’t help, then please try to find one friend to hug. Then look to that north star and think about the birthday we celebrate and the one who loves you the way Mr. Rogers did in his song “It’s You I Like…every part of you.” Because it’s true! Multiply that by a million and we scratch the surface of how much love there is for us. Then never forget it.
Happy Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!