Merry Christmas! I have been trying to catch up with all my regular blog friends and some new ones in the midst of all the holiday chaos. Some of you are totally swept up in the merriment of Christmas, others are trying to scurry here and there to meet deadlines and family Christmases (uhm.... That would be where I fall), and some are struggling this year because of tight finances, loved ones lost this year, or illness casting a shadow on the lights of Christmas. In that light, I would like to share a few thoughts with you about BELIEVING.
We have been watching A LOT of Christmas movies, and as I type this, Bear and Tall Guy are having a big discussion about "Is Santa real?" Sigh... she is only newly six! Yes, we believe in Santa around here. Not the guy that brings you every toy in the universe, but the one who brings one special gift and, with it, the true Christmas Spirit that Bear summed up perfectly the other day, "It's not about the getting; it's about the giving."
No matter what we have or do not have, we all have the ability to give the perfect Christmas gift, the ability to hope and dream and see good in others. That is what Santa is about, after all he was Saint Nicholas. That puts him in pretty good company with a little baby who came to this world to teach us the same message. I choose to believe that the twinkle in Santa's eye is that same light the three kings/wise men saw that night in Bethlehem. It's all the same message of hope and love.
Does Macy's hold the secret of Christmas? Nope! Neither does Starbuck's or Amazon or Zhu-Zhu pets or Nintendo or Wii. WE (no pun intended, but that worked out pretty slick!) WE hold the secret of Christmas, and it is up to us to teach our children about hope and love and giving and BELIEVING! We must believe in GOODNESS and LIGHT! I do, and I hope you can see it in your world, no matter how crazy, chaotic, dark, or murky your world seems to be.
Please take a moment in the next few days to watch a snowflake fall, embrace a child, smile at a stranger, donate to a charity or family in need. It is not what we put under the tree that we need to emphasize, but what we give to people every day. Give what you can to those who need what you have. Sometimes the cost is just a simple smile or hug. Try it!
Love and hugs!