There is something magical about Christmas.
It brings a sense of happiness and brings you a smile when you gaze up at the Christmas lights and decorations. And there's something about the holiday spirit, renewing our hope, and bringing positivity amidst all the struggles we had faced.
True enough that a lot of things happened this year, some are good and some are bad. For some, this might not be the most wonderful time of the year and there might be people out there wondering how to get through this holiday season.
For some, Christmas brings so much stress and pressure. It's one of the busiest times of the year, indeed. With so many things to buy and prepare, it’s easy to find ourselves getting so caught up with the chaos.
We all have sets of personal burdens and struggles this Christmas, but I hope this holiday season won't be overshadowed by commercialism, presents, and stress. Let the spirit of Christmas remind us of the many things about life that we've forgotten.
1. Christmas is a time to reconnect
This holiday season provides us the chance to connect and reconnect with our loved ones, relatives, and friends despite the pandemic. It's the time we normally set aside our grudges and a simple greeting can do wonders.
Like most people, there are days you feel like you're alone. But, this season reminds us that we have our families and friends. All we need to do is reconnect to them.
In addition, this pandemic shed some light on what and who should be on our top priority — that includes our family and friends. It reminds me that relationships should be treasured. And personally, after experiencing a loss of a loved one, I've never been more thankful and more appreciative of the people around me.
2. Christmas reminds us to take a break
Sometimes we've been so busy with the daily grind that we tend to put off taking a rest. I love how holidays like Christmas give us a reminder that perhaps you can slow down, do less, and take a step back from our work even for a short while. That way, we can set aside some time to reflect on the true essence and meaning of Christmas.
Taking a short break provides us a breathing time to refresh our mind, body, and soul which in turn will make us even more productive.
3. Christmas reminds us to be grateful
It's so easy to get caught up with our wish list and the business of Christmas preparations, however, have we spent time thinking about things we can be grateful for?
Of course, Christmas is different from Thanksgiving day. But Thanksgiving isn't the only time to be grateful. In fact, there are tons of benefits in practicing gratitude daily. And besides, Christmas also provides us the opportunity to count our blessings. What I've learned in life is that the more thankful you are, the more you find happiness and satisfaction in life amidst all adversities.
4. It's a time for giving
Giving comes in many forms. It can be in the shape of giving kindness, warmth, and even forgiveness.
This season is also one of the best times to think about the needs of the less fortunate. Life has been tough this year for us all. For some, life has been harder — not to mention the effect of the pandemic.
It's no doubt that we have our own set of burdens too, but there are families who are less privileged than we are. Perhaps a little help can go a long way.
As H. Jackson Brown Jr. said, "Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more."
Hope that we can also extend the warmth and joy of giving beyond this holiday.
5. Christmas brings a message of hope
It's easy to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas due to the commercial aspect of it.
Christmas is beyond lights, decorations, and presents. It's a celebration of faith. For Christians, it's a reminder that a child in the manger was born thousand years ago. This renews them and brings hope. But whatever belief you have, let this season remind you to hope for the future and to look forward to the good things tomorrow will bring.
Love + miracles,