I can hardly believe it is almost 2014! I am pretty sure the calendar was rolling over to 2010 just a couple of months back. Geez..
I do love the holiday season, and Christmas in particular, but I could do with it slowing down a bit and letting me enjoy it before it zips by! We had a lot of fun putting up our tree this year (picture on left), and Emily loves it. Can’t believe she is already three! The floor beneath the tree is now packed with gifts for her; she is super excited.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, nothing at all, or anything in between, I hope everyone has a great holiday season. I do not want to get too deeply into my beliefs or make this too controversial to anyone, but I did have a few things to say.
I celebrate Christmas in the traditional sense—meaning from a Christian viewpoint. I do believe in God and in Jesus’s birthday, though my exact views are my own and not specifically grounded in a single, simplified branch of church. However, whether you believe in the same God as I do, a different one, or none at all, I think we can all agree that giving is more important than receiving this holiday season (and always, really). So regardless if you believe the person across the street from you is a saint or a sinner, greet them when you see them, wish them a happy holiday season. I for one couldn’t ask for anything more this Christmas than being with my little, three-person family. I don’t need or want gifts, though I will be appreciative of what I get.
I guess what I really wanted to say is this: Even if you can’t do so all year, set aside all differences for now. Because life is too short, and there is really only one purpose for our time here—to leave the world a better place than when we entered it. Be that making one child’s life full of joy, curing cancer, or simply leaving behind happy memories when you are gone; it all adds up to selflessly help our fellow man.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all have an amazing, impactful new year! And as always, thanks for reading!