With Christmas fast approaching, we again find ourselves in the middle of the busy holiday season. The season brings a rush of joyful emotions for many people; however, there are some who dread this time of the year for one reason or another. Some may have a hard time finding the “merry” in Merry Christmas. As I considered the things that make our Christmas bright, three main thoughts seem to encompass the season: mankind, money, and memories.
This is the time of year when people tend to look out for each other more than any other. It is a time when we become more generous, both with time and money, in giving to others less fortunate. You can also see the spirit of Christmas nudging its way into chillier hearts. We see these in the way donations are given in the form of money, goods and volunteerism to better the lives of complete strangers. The joy felt by the receiver can often be felt many times greater by the giver. Being able to give, no matter how big or small, does two things for the giver; it brings us joy to help others and it reminds us of just how blessed we are that we are in a position to be able to give. People are blessed by being a blessing to others. If we could bottle up that kindness and generosity and sprinkle it out throughout the year, the world will be a little better place to live.
Money is one of the main components of the season. People are usually spending it, making it, or both. Money is the fuel behind most things that happen this time of year, whether good or bad. Money is good when being used for generosity, but becomes bad when it fuels greed. As small business owners, you know all too well how important a good holiday season is to your bottom line. After all, making money and supporting your family is the reason you are in business. Making the most of this time of year is vital for you, but it can come with a price. If we are not careful, our families can become victims of the push-for-profit and we may lose out on the joy of celebrating and making memories with the ones we love most.
Memories are a vital part of celebrating Christmas. Memories of the past fuel the excitement for Christmas and the need to build more. Recall this time as a child and remember the magic and anticipation for Christmas morning; look at the holiday through the eyes of a child. For adults, the memories of Christmas past can bring a flood of emotions that often times push us to want to relive some of those today with our families. Many times, the memories are of simple things that center around family traditions such as baking with grandparents or cutting down and decorating the tree. No matter the event, the memories that mean the greatest involve spending time with family and friends. Don’t miss out on those opportunities this Christmas. Plan to spend time making memories with those you love most.
Take this time to remember the reason we celebrate, the reason for the season, and the blessed gift given to the world so long ago. Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.