When I hear someone complaining about holiday music and decorations before Thanksgiving I smile and think they had better not come to my house. My nativity collection and winter village have been up for three weeks. After finding their places in our new home they may stay up the rest of the year. We have also been listening to Christmas music and watching holiday movies.
Everyone complains about the intense month of activity and spending that surrounds the holidays, yet we still do it — every year. Maybe we need to rethink what we’re celebrating.
What if instead we kept Christmas in our heart all year? Recognizing the Spirit of God within us, positive upbeat music, peace on earth, goodwill to all and people being a little nicer and kinder sound like things we could use more than once a year to me.
So this year instead of taking the baby out the manger, wrapping him up and putting him back on the shelf let’s keep Christmas in our hearts all year.
Each year I celebrate A Season of Angels beginning at Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas, making one angel craft project each day. I started doing this after a local tragedy during the holiday season several years ago but I still do this each year.
This is different than making crafts to sell or give as gifts. I do this as a form or meditation or prayer to help keep me focused on Spirit and the values that really matter.
This year I invite you to join me each day from now till Christmas. Slow down and take a little time each day to make (or at least work on) a small angel project each day while reflecting on Spirit and what this season truly means to you.
Every year as the holidays approach I am saddened by the number of people who seem to have become slaves to their holiday traditions. Over indulging in food and drink, over spending, working to the point of exhaustion and extreme stress are too often simply accepted as the way things are. Most of us don’t even enjoy all the holiday hoopla but we feel pressure to participate. If you are dreading the holidays this year I have good news. It doesn’t have to be this way.
You can choose the way you will celebrate, the activities you will participate in and of course you always have the power to choose your attitude. So get ready to make this the best holiday season ever by staying true to your own beliefs and values.
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