Have you felt it yet? I’m talking about the feeling in the air at the moment. That anticipation, the joy, the flexibility that comes with the festive season. It seems as though everyone is in a more relaxed, flexible and forgiving mood, and celebration is in the air. It’s a great feeling really – just imagine we could have it all year round!
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
What would you say if I said we COULD feel like this all the time? What’s to stop us really? Life’s circumstances get in the way all year long. We get tired. We get distracted. But at this time of the year, we take the foot off the gas and we savor the season.
Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. ~ Dale Evans
Of course, for some people, this time of the year is hard. If they have lost a loved one or if life changed irrevocably, it can be truly challenging. However, by trying to focus on the good that is still left and with TLC from loved ones, it can become tolerable once again.
Look at it from a perspective that is not fueled by spiked Christmas punch for a second: How does this time of the year really differ from the other 11 months?
Festive Spirit Is All About that Warm Feeling Inside
In December, and all through the festive season, we still have work stresses, family issues, future plans and most of us don’t really take an extended vacation, so it’s not that we’re completely relaxed.
On the contrary – having family and friends together for celebrations can actually add to the stress. Just today, in an article about arranging the perfect party (not that I arrange many of these…lol), I read about how you can prevent conversations that notoriously lead to arguments and how to keep the alcohol consumption to a minimum in a bid to avoid drama.
It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul. ~ Caroline Kennedy
Then there’s the added pressure of the increased financial commitments that come with buying gifts, festive foods, and beverages. Looking at it from this perspective can easily put a damper on things, but it doesn’t – why?
Because it’s Christmas, it’s a happy time, a time of love, joy, peace and miracles.
- Calories don’t cling over Christmas.
- Families are more forgiving over the festive season.
- We’re all more generous in giving of ourselves and our resources.
- Next year will take care of itself.
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. ~ Calvin Coolidge
Happy Times All Year Round
Based on this, we can truly have good times and unbound happiness all year round. It’s a matter of changing our perspective and being expectant of good things all the time. Here’s to a season (and a year) full of unbound love, joy, peace, and miracles.