NEW CASTLE —
The lesson here, I believe is the true meaning behind Christmas.
It’s not about the running around, the Christmas dinners, the presents or the lights. These things are all nice and part of many of the world’s Christmas traditions, but they are not the important things.
The important things are the people we will spend the holiday season with: The mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, aunts and uncles, grandparents, children, cousins, neighbors, friends, nieces and nephews.
It’s nice to be able to buy people gifts, but if you are not enjoying the time spent with these people then the gift buying is meaningless.
If you are getting yourself so stressed out about the preparation for the holiday that by the time it arrives you feel like you cannot enjoy it, then you are missing out on what makes Christmas so special, like no other day of the year.
So, this year I am challenging myself to not get overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle. It will be okay if my daughter’s hair isn’t perfect for church. It will be okay if we are a little bit late for dinner, or if the gifts are not wrapped perfectly, because, these are not the things that matter.
What matters most is that I and my loved ones are all here to celebrate another year, I am blessed with a family that I love very much and we are all happy and healthy.
Not even the Grinch could take that away.