For it is in giving that we receive. –St. Francis Assisi
The holiday season (starting in October with Halloween) has brought me to a strange place in this world. In fact, I am feeling a little “out of place” this year.
I was in a bit of a ‘mood’ at the end of October and lots of things were getting under my skin and frustrating me. I was letting the world bring me down and I needed to find a way back up.
This post is going to be a bit disjointed and I apologize in advance. What happened is this…
People were all over social media complaining about all the hustle and bustle of Halloween and how the candy was such a problem. Some people switch the candy out for a toy, some people toss it in the trash, some people just don’t take their kids trick or treating because it is like ‘begging’ for candy.
Well, here’s where I am… It’s Halloween and it is fun for my kids. We eat the candy and then we toss some a few weeks into November. Why do I have to hear about all the world and their disgust with sugar, candy and the chaos of Halloween. Well, truth be told, because I was choosing to hear it by reading it on social media.
Then comes Thanksgiving (or did it). The commercial side of our world stole Thanksgiving from so many of us with the moving of Black Friday to Thanksgiving Day. While I love a great sale and had fun going out one year for Black Friday, I really just enjoy reading the newspaper ad and making lists that I will never fulfill. But, because people want to get out there sooner, the stores open sooner. Does it impact my life… not really. I feel for the people who have to work on the holidays, but there are some people who would prefer to work on those days. I have never had to do it and hope I never do. I want to be with my family. But, am I going to whine about all of this and make it the focus of my Thanksgiving… nope. Just had a nice peaceful day at the farm and LOVED it.
Even before Thanksgiving ends, people start the chatter of Christmas preparations. Are you ready? Are you done shopping? Are you exchanging gifts? Do you have a spending limit?
All questions to get ready for Christmas. What bugs me this year though is the negative attitude toward the holiday season in general. People are griping and complaining all the time about being busy. Not having the budget to make things work.
Well, guess what… we don’t have to do it. We don’t have to be so busy. We don’t have to spend so much. We need to step back and realize that just the simple act of shoveling someone’s driveway is going to make a difference. Sharing a smile or a small chat with someone we have not seen for a time. Sending a letter to an old friend (not cards to the whole world). Putting a snapshot on your card instead of the photo of the year taken by the photographer of the century.
We need to slow down and take the time to give of ourselves. Grab some unused items from your pantry and get them to the community food bank. Give blood. Find something small and meaningful to give as a gift instead of trying to out purchase the gift you got last year. Just celebrate the season and the holiday in happiness without all the chaos and crazy. Just let go… Just let go…
Just let the wonder of the season be present in our days and nights.
It is my intention to blog each day now through the New Year. I may post just a picture, just a quote or I may go crazy and share my soul. Regardless, I am going to do something to spread holiday cheer and try to stop some of the negative and disgruntled thoughts that surround me each day.
-God Bless You