The holiday season: can’t get enough of it, or can’t wait for it all to be over already? Has your attitude toward the end-of-year holidays changed over the years? ~The Daily Prompt 12/19/14
When my children were younger it was important to me to make sure they had a nice Christmas. I concentrated on purchasing their gifts, on the holiday meal, and over all the little things that make Christmas special. Watching their joy at Christmas always brought out that little child in me. It was glorious to watch their eyes light up and to hear their laughter of joy and surprise. It was a wonderful and exciting time of the year. It was also an exhausting time of the year.
No matter how exhausting it was, there was always a sadness when the holidays were over. “This year my children are such-and-such age and they will never be this age again.” There was also the sadness of, why can’t we feel this joy all year instead of only at Christmas?
My children are grown and have children of their own. They are the ones creating the special Christmas plans for their children and feeling those feelings I felt so many years ago. And, as it should be, their focus is on their children – making their own Christmas memories.
Christmas comes now without much fanfare. I hardly notice it’s arrival. I choose not to decorate or put up a Christmas tree because it only makes my home feel empty. My gift purchases are minimal because my children and grandchildren prefer gifts of money rather than anything I could pick out for them. This is perfectly fine with me. I don’t have to stand in line at the check-out counters in stores or stand in line at the Post Office to mail them.
Instead of celebrating all the fanfare and gift purchasing of Christmas, I celebrate the real reason of Christmas: Peace. Love. Joy. Hope.
Do you think someday it might catch on?
Merry Christmas everyone! May yours be Merry and Bright.
For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, I wish you a wonderful and happy New Year.