Hello friends! It’s that time of year again. Christmas season! So, as the title of this post suggests, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Obviously Christmas is a religious holiday, so its religious meaning is of utmost significance. I do not wish to downplay that in any way, but not being raised overtly religious, I will not pretend to have significant knowledge on that subject. Though I believe in God, I do consider myself to be a more spiritual than religious person.
For that reason I would like to focus here on the “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” version of the meaning of Christmas rather than the Charlie Brown version, though both share many similarities and are of equal importance.
Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier every year. It used to be that the people who set up their Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving were seen to be a little kooky and overhasty. Now, stores stock up on Christmas gear before Halloween, people go Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving night, and beautifully set up trees are already being flaunted all over social media. The streets are lined with Christmas lights.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, and I love Christmas as much as the next guy. There’s nothing quite like the feeling that Christmas lights seem to bring. I’ve actually done a good deal of my shopping already and we are jumping on the band wagon and planning to set our tree up this weekend.
Before I do that though, I (and we) need to set the material part of Christmas aside, and talk about what’s actually important this time of year (just in case the Grinch does decide to steal all our gifts).
We live in a very material world (cue the chorus “and I am a material girl!”). In my opinion we have become too focused on the superficial parts of Christmas. The ribbons, tags, packages, boxes and bags as the Grinch would say. Sometimes we buy for people just because we believe that is what is expected of us, not even out of the kindness of our hearts.
Of course gifts are great, and I love to give them. I don’t mind receiving them either. But that kindness in our hearts is that thing of importance, not the gifts themselves.
The thought, care and love that go into the gifts are what’s important.
The quality time spent with our families and friends setting up our tree, making cookies for Santa, and building snowmen are important.
The joy that we get from giving and spending this time with our loved ones are important.
The feeling, or energy, in the air this time of year is important.
The propensity to count our blessings during the holiday season is important.
So with this post I ask you to think about what the true meaning of Christmas is to you. It may mean something different to you than to others. Even if you don’t even celebrate it. What are the lessons we can take from this time of year?
I ask you to take some time to not think about the gifts themselves, how much money you “have” to spend, and who you “have” to buy for.
Rather, I ask you to focus on what the gifts represent. They shouldn’t need to be fancy or expensive, but they should serve as an expression of your love.
Homemade gifts from the heart are probably the best thing a person could hope to receive.
Think about the joy you can bring to others, and the joy this brings you in return.
I implore you to please count and make a conscious effort to appreciate your blessings and the people in your life this time of year, and all year round.
And just like those gosh darn Whos down in Whoville, I ask that you come together with your friends, family, neighbors, and all of humankind to sing and share a rare Who roastbeast even if there are no presents at all!
Peace & Love Always,
P.s. If you don’t have your tree yet, I found some pretty sweet deals on them right now on Amazon. You know I love a good bargain! And if you have a Prime membership you can be setting your tree up in two days, still well before Thanksgiving (lol!).
These fiber optic ones are literally 80% off!! This makes the $330 tree only $66! That’s downright unheard of (discount will be applied at checkout).
The one’s below are beautiful and very reasonably priced, especially considering they come with the lights and decorations! There are several different ones to choose from, and there is a $10 off coupon you can apply right now also. Linked here!
I love the trees now that have artificial snow, and these are also very reasonably priced.
Are you a real or artificial tree person? Growing up we always had real trees and it was so much fun to go cut them down! A couple years ago when I was on my own I purchased my artificial tree because I didn’t want to deal with the whole process and the mess by myself. Especially with two cats! Honestly I will never go back. I love that there is no cleanup or hassle with the fake trees, and they really do look so beautiful, full, and natural.
Happy Holidays Everyone!