Years ago Christmas was simple. Families gathered, went to church, had a nice dinner together, and celebrated the true meaning of the day. Presents were few and mostly homemade.
Now I know we can’t go back to “The Little House on the Prairie,” but we can bring back a few basics. Number one is not feeling like you have to buy a hundred presents and even worse putting them on your credit card.
Number two is that we live in a world of advanced technology, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could all put our iPads and iPhones down when the family is together. Maybe we could actually engage in a conversation! This holds true not only for Christmas but throughout the year.
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time to experience joy, reflect on times past, and make plans for the future. It’s a time to find inner peace and experience less stress instead of more.
The best Christmas gift of all is giving gratitude. Make it a point this year to make a list of things you are grateful for. You will love the feeling it will give you. Make it a point to write a note or tell someone in person that you are grateful for them.
Take a moment, right now, close your eyes, take several deep breaths, and give thanks for all that you have and for who you are.
Merry Christmas from our house to yours!