Magic happens for children at Christmas. After all it is all about them, right? We do what we can to help them escape into a happiness bubble at least for a brief time. Children deserve this, not to mention that it gives us adults great pleasure to see them happy on Christmas day. The making of Christmas memories will sustain them well into their adult life. I know, some of my warmest memories are of my childhood Christmases. Walking under the light of the stars to midnight mass. I loved those late light meals and opening gifts on Christmas Eve. Thank you to my late mom and dad for those special memories.
That said, let’s not go overboard. Let’s teach children that Christmas is just another day and those things we do - buying gifts, receiving gifts and enjoying a sit down dinner with family and friends - should happen more often than just at Christmas. Let’s teach them that it is about giving and not only about receiving. Let’s teach them that it is about relationships with others and making others feel special.
I appreciate the sense of community that comes with Christmas. Like for example, the merriment, Christmas tunes and visiting with friends and family. It is about the lights, so many lights, and all those glittering decorations. If you live in Edmonton, then you must take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane. The most spectacular Christmas lights won't disappoint.
It is a celebration that spans all of December.
However, I am very cognizant of how this season also places unbearable pressure on people who are estranged from family and for those people who live in abject poverty. Christmas season for them can be very challenging indeed. They are under enormous societal pressure.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could pass on that generosity and sense of celebration we feel to those who are less fortunate? I don’t mean only donating to charity but helping someone you know personally who needs it. Pay them a visit, buy them coffee, give a hug, but most of all let them know that their life is worth it. It is the small gestures that could make a difference to someone.
Embrace the spirit of Christmas and pass it on…