While it may seem strange, I view Christmas Day as I would any loss. Yes, I love the Christmas Season with its joyful giving, and its promise of peace on earth and goodwill towards man. For 3 weeks every year, people whistle Christmas carols, wish each other the best, open doors for strangers and other such niceties. People perform great acts of charity and appreciate the ones they love and strangers alike. It’s a truly wonderful time of year.
Then it happens! Christmas day comes and goes. With its passing, the joy of the season vanishes. People hurry about returning gifts. They rush to get that close parking space, burst through the doors of the shopping center and line up with the rest as life returns to normal. It’s sad indeed!
Wouldn’t it be nice if the one thing you didn’t return this year was your portion of the Christmas spirit? Imagine a year of peace on earth and goodwill towards all men and women. This year, try allowing that car in the parking lot that really was there before you to pass. Try holding the door open for a complete stranger while whistling an upbeat tune. Sound corny? It’s not!
Why not perform random acts of kindness year round? I guarantee it will be one of the healthiest things you can do. Perhaps the true gift of Christmas is the 3 weeks of fellowship leading up to it. If that is the case, why return such a precious gift?
I know, I’m Jewish and it’s not my holiday. Actually, it is! I believe the true gift of all religious holidays is to bring families and friends together and no holiday does it quite like Christmas. So, for whatever reason you celebrate, let’s declare the 2020 holiday season a yearlong event!
Be happy, live wellthy and be blessed everyday of your life.