So it’s Christmas, ya’ll! Best time of year, am I right?! Well I’m not quite sure everyone agrees with that. The world is doing such a great job at commercializing one of the best holidays ever, and unfortunately more and more people are making Christmas about money. Not that giving gifts is a bad thing –it’s actually one of the best parts about Christmas– but some people stress way too much about it and miss the true meaning of the holiday. To demonstrate, I had this seemingly frustrating conversation with a customer the other day:
Me: Are you ready for the holidays??
Them: No, too much stress and too much money.
Me: Oh.. Well how about that Christmas Spirit?!
Them: Yeah, it’s definitely not here yet.
Not here yet? Not here yet?! As soon as the neighbors start putting up their lights and the radios blare their Christmas ways, I’m all in! Having that conversation made me realize that the Christmas Spirit comes from within. It can’t be bought. It’s makings come from within the happy moments we decide to bring into our lives. And what better time to get the happy moments rollin’ than when half the world is celebrating the birth of Christ and the lights shining all around are a constant reminder of the light He brought into the world? Now is the time for sipping hot chocolates by the fire, building stronger family relationships, and serving those who we feel the Lord needs us to serve. Service is the key! Have you noticed how generous everyone tends to get during the holidays? It reminds of a quote from one of my favorite people, President Gordon B. Hinckley:
Imagine how much better the world would be if people treated every day like Christmas. Donations would be flooding in from all over and the smiles just wouldn’t stop. Our lives wouldn’t be perfect of course, but we’d all have each other’s backs. The Christmas Spirit doesn’t have be felt simply during the Christmas season, though. We all have the opportunity to feel it year round, but we just have to keep our heart and mind open to putting other’s needs before ours.
The memories you make now can leave an imprint on your heart forever, so go out there, get out of your comfort zone, and serve! You might just find that Christmas is even more magical than you had once believed.
Oh, and don’t forget to do a little ice skating along the way(: