I’ll admit that having all of our shopping done and our Christmas cards ready to mail by Thanksgiving this year has certainly taken away most of the stress and hurry that has become a part of the holiday season. Add the fact that I did not have to deal with mid-term exams and finalizing first semester grades, and it has been a relaxed December despite all of the end of the year medical appointments.
Busy or not, I think individuals get more from sharing with others instead of focusing on personal needs or “to do” lists. It does not take much more time to shop for a child whose name is pulled from an Angel Tree to make some youngster’s Christmas better. When you are purchasing groceries, take down an Angel from the tree in your local grocery store and make an entire family’s holiday special by helping them have a nice meal. As you enter stores with Salvation Army bell ringers, grab the loose change in your car or from the bottom of your purse and drop it into the pot as you pass. Most of all, smile at the people you meet and wish them a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, or whatever is appropriate for you. This will cost you nothing; it is something all of us can do regardless of our circumstances. While some Grinches and Scrooges will say (or think) “Bah, Humbug!” most will be appreciative of your good cheer. Most likely, it will be contagious, which is a good thing .
Try it! You might like it, and it might do your heart good. If so, it may be something you want to do all year long, and there is nothing wrong with that.