So thank-you all. I hope to keep you entertained for years to come.
This time of year can be stressful. The cleaning, entertaining, gift shopping and perceived expectations can take the shine off the season. My Christmas wish to you is that you somehow find the time or strength of will to slow down and just be. Let the moment sink in. Ditch the imposed preconceptions and give just for the joy of giving. Price matters not. What truly matters is that the gift given from the heart and not the wallet. For a gift given from the wallet is forgotten by this time next year, a gift given from the heart is cherished always.
Take a moment to sit and watch the Christmas tree. Turn out the rest of the house lights, put on your favorite carols, be it Bing Crosby, Michael Buble, Sarah Mclachlan, Nat King Cole, and remember. Most of all, remember. Remember the small things that give us joy, friends, family that is still with us and family that no longer is. Let the Christmas spirits not burden your heart, make them part of the celebration instead.
Share some laughter with kith and kin. Say hello to friends and strangers. Make someone smile, because, ultimately, isn’t that what it’s all about? No matter what you celebrate, do it with grace and acceptance. Forget the marketing that screams at us to buy, buy, buy.
Just sit, take a deep breath, have a moment.
One final thing to keep in mind; it’s not the presents that you give, that make people your friends, it’s just your presence.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs, a holiday tradition from my house to yours; It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams. I found it on YouTube posted by mcdermid12.