Yes, I wrote “Merry Christmas”, not Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings or whatever else may be considered to be politically correct. I respect all holidays throughout the year and the remembrance that each represents and Christmas is no exception. The spirit of the season is just wonderful to me.
“My Christmas wish for you this season is that you enjoy the peace and warmth and wonder and good will of the season this Christmas and hold on to those feelings for as long as you can for every day in the future.”Barbara Jacoby
Of course I don’t expect everyone to embrace this spirit. There are many reasons that people choose not to do so and I truly feel sorry for them as they are missing out on something that is pretty special. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances may be or what you have had on your plate during the past year. The spirit of caring and loving and giving that fills the air at this time of year is freely given to all who want to embrace it and it doesn’t cost a single penny.
I have had Christmases where I was unemployed and had no money for presents. I have had Christmases where I have dealt with personal and family illnesses, including cancer. I have had Christmases that I could not spend with my family. But, regardless of the situation, I have always found a way to enjoy the holiday, share it with others and embrace the spirit of the season.
What I have found over the years is that despite whatever else may be going on in my life, the Christmas spirit can override it all. It has never been about the gifts that one can or cannot give and/or receive but rather about the love that one is willing to share. Have you ever noticed the extra camaraderie in your workplace, even from your virtual location, when we are interacting with colleagues or clients? Or, as I have noticed, is there more joy and excitement and happiness in the phone calls or Facetime exchanges that we share with family and friends at this time. I think that this is so and it is because of the spirit of the season.
And most importantly, I am sure that if you focus on all of the wonderful Christmas seasons that you have experienced in the past, they far outweigh those that may have been not so good. Call upon the memories from your childhood and those of the children that have surrounded you over the years. Remember those feelings and you have the opportunity to experience them again year after year if you just choose to embrace the child within. My Christmas wish for you this season is that you enjoy the peace and warmth and wonder and good will of the season this Christmas and hold on to those feelings for as long as you can for every day in the future.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.