Originally Published: December 11, 2017 6 a.m.
I have seen the evidence of the “big approach” to Christmas all around me. There are poinsettias gracing our patios and tables, luminaries lighting the way, Santa Clauses are popping up everywhere, people are walking around with Santa hats, trees are decorated, and mistletoe is hung and waiting (with great expectations). The smell (and taste) of homemade cookies fills homes with the sweet aroma of another Holiday Season. What a great time of year.
Joy to the world! Regardless of religious beliefs, a spirit of joy and giving connects us all in a way that even the biggest Scrooge could not deny. This is the time of great selfless love, undying romance, fondest of memories, family gatherings, peace for all mankind and spiked eggnog, while sitting in front of a cozy fire. Could this be “the season” when we rise to the occasion of becoming slightly “more” than we ever thought possible?
Stories abound that remind us of the Gifts of the Magi, that famous love-tale that described a young couple’s Christmas gifts to each other. The husband sold his prized gold watch so that he could buy his wife two beautiful ivory combs for her silky waist-length hair. The wife had her hair cut off and sold it so that she could buy a gold chain for her husband’s precious watch. Imagine their surprise on that Christmas morning!
What would you sell for someone you love? Your hair? Your father’s gold watch? The spirit of giving goes far beyond the material realm. Holidays inspire us to be more generous than usual; prodding us to share a little more of ourselves with those we love. Don’t the kids really want us to bake all of those Christmas cookies with them, more than once a year? Wouldn’t it be lovely to go to church, sing songs and light a candle every week? It would be delicious fun to dress up in a fabulous red dress and cook a huge feast, every month.
What is the best gift that we could give during this “season of joy?” How about a memory? It’s the fanfare of the Holidays that make them so special! School concerts, cookie exchanges, office parties, church services, gift wrapping, baking marathons, open houses, children sitting on Santa’s lap, family dinners, Christmas lights, and selfless giving. The splendor of this holiday lies in the realm of human kindness and affirming life. How will you be celebrating? Think carefully about the memories that you are making. It’s what happens under the mistletoe and the traditions we create that set the stage for those golden memories. Eat cookies, spike the eggnog and light the fire. Celebrate the goodness of those we love. Together, we bring, “Joy to the World.”
Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor. Have a story or a comment? Email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org.