We all know there is too much darkness in our world today. Intolerance, violence and divisiveness seem the norm in our schools, workplaces and across our political landscape. How and why it has reached this crescendo, especially during the last two years, is a conversation for another day.
Today, readers, this blog is about Christmas and its power to bring us together. Christmas is a day of love and a time to return to our truest values and time spent with family and friends.
Christmas is a light in the darkness that shares a message with Chanukah and Kwanza. In fact, from November 1 to January 15 there are nearly 29 religious holidays observed by 7 of the world’s largest religions. So, yes… we can say Happy Holidays and be inclusive with those who hold different beliefs.
Christmas doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little more.
There is more to this world than our petty needs and wants. And, while American Individualism has its place, so should caring and regard for others.
At this special time of year it’s very important to practice gratitude. It’s a way for you to appreciate what you have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make you happier, or thinking you can’t feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met.
It’s a time to teach your children that what really matters is being kind and to enable them to think about how fortunate they are so they can build their empathy levels and make them less self-centered.
It’s a time to present! Make this Christmas technology free – no television, smartphone. Experience the joy of sharing a meal together with everyone’s attention centered on each other and actually having conversations.
Resolve to carry some of the spirit and meaning of the holiday season with you into the New Year. Let’s devote more time reconnecting to family, friends, and ourselves.
Bottom Line: Keep the Christmas spirit going by making a concerted effort to be as kind as you can to people that you meet.