David Shields wrote a wonderful
article at Thanksgiving, giving thanks for the many blessings in his
life. I not only agree with all he said, but let it serve as a
reminder that all of us should reflect upon our life and the people
who were blessings to us along the way. To me I give all the biggest
thanks at Christmas. It not only gives us reason for reflections of
time past, but a chance to show our blessings by giving of ourselves
I am the first one to say that Christmas, as it should be
celebrated, has long passed away and has become a commercial feast
or fiasco for all who have anything to do with it. This year there
is not a mention Christmas except in rare occasions and well off the
I have in the past became caught up in bigger and bigger and even
more expensive giving until I learned the more I spent, the more I
was expected to spend. Then I fell into that trap that had me
expecting bigger and more expensive gifts. It was at one of these
moments that I finally realized that I was going at this all wrong.
I then started paying more attention to the real meaning of
Christmas and the real meaning of giving. I learned there are many
gifts which can be given that cost very little as far as the
commercial side of the season is concerned, but are much more
endearing and longer lasting to those who receive the gifts. I also
have learned that these gifts can be given at any time of the year
and at the beginning, middle or end of any season.
I firmly believe this was the intent of the original Christmas. That
certain feeling that many people feel at Christmas time can be felt
all year long. The giving of ourselves, the looking out for our
neighbors and the friendliness that people give each other at
Christmas can be done all the time and can actually become a
Why should we have to wait for a season or a date to tell us how we
should treat one another? Why should we only enjoy that feeling of
giving once a year? Why not feel it everyday of the year?
No crowds to fight to get that certain gift or no waiting in long
check out lines where people bump and shove you up one aisle and
down the other.
Maybe it is just a bowl of soup to a neighbor who is not feeling
well or a card to a long lost friend. Volunteer for a few hours at a
children’s ward at the hospital. How about if your friend or
neighbor knows they can use your shoulder to cast some of their woes
on and know that it will stay confidential?
Christmas just like Christianity is something that is celebrated in
So celebrate it all year long by just being a good person. If you
are a good person, it just might spread throughout the world. Oh, I
thought it already had.