Merry Christmas! Or Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus, if you prefer. I always enjoy this time of year. It’s a time to share time with friends and family, to show others that you care about them, and to exchange presents and, more importantly, love. Regardless of your religious beliefs, this time of year is a time where we all celebrate the wonderful things that come from being part of a community and part of a family.
Of course, not everyone has wonderful memories of Christmas. Some come from broken families, or families that have had the love sucked out of them. Some have no family left, and face a lonely holiday season. And some, while they have plenty of love in their family, have other struggles that they face: poverty, disease, war, sexual assault, slavery, and so on. So, it is important to remember that the holidays are not just about enjoying time with family. They are about celebrating the larger community we live in. They are a celebration of humanity. This Christmas, why not spread the love just a little bit further and let it spill out to those around you?
This Christmas, my family and I are repeating what we did last year. Instead of spending money on each other with presents that, honestly, we don’t need, we are paring it down to just one present for each. Then, with the rest of the money we would have spent on each other, we are donating it to charity. We still enjoy time together and the joy of giving gifts to each other, but we direct most of the money where it will be better spent and more effective. It is a way to allow our love and care to extend beyond the walls of our own household and make an impact on others as well. So this holiday season, I encourage you and your own to do something similar. It doesn’t have to be giving money. Shoveling the neighbour’s driveway can be just as good. Baking cookies for someone you know works as well. But showing your love in practical ways is not just for your own family—let it extend to others as well.
So I would like to wish you all a happy and wonderful holiday season! May joy fill your house, and may the new year bring with it good fortune and exciting opportunities!