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The Spirit of Christmas

Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

We often hear the saying “ The Spirit of Christmas ”, but do we really ever stop to think what it is that fills us with this strange feeling once a year? Christmas is a time of tradition, perhaps because it only comes around once a year, or maybe because we only have as many Christmases in our lives as we have birthdays, so we tend to try to make them special. Christmas arrives at the end of the year, which allows us time for reflection over the year that is gone and allows us to compare it to Christmases of the past.

Almost every Christmas will be celebrated with someone missing from your life and almost every Christmas will be celebrated with someone new in your life. This is the cycle of life and it becomes more obvious when this time of year arrives.

As children, it was a magic time, when an old man travelled all the way around the world just for you, to deliver a present you had requested and although you didn’t see him do it, the morning of Christmas would be filled with bursting excitement, as you opened the present which were neatly wrapped. Somehow as an adult, you still expect to have the same excitement on Christmas day, you still expect the day to be special beyond any day of the year, at least that is if your inner child is still intact. Apart from being one of the happiest days of the year for most of us, it can also be the hardest day of the year for some and in a strange way, this is where the Christmas spirit is at its strongest. I have seen even the toughest of people become openly caring at this time and it’s all in the spirit of Christmas.

We must remember that for some, this is their first Christmas without a loved one, or maybe their marriage finished or their health is not good. As the Christmas spirit comes upon us, it helps us to reach out to them in some way and to comfort them. Sometimes the best Christmas present you can give to anyone, is just a little bit of your time. Our elderly, may be facing a lonely Christmas, as their friends may have passed on and family left the nest. We would like to think that they would return to look after an elderly parent at this time of year, but sadly this is not always the case. Perhaps due to children and work, travel is difficult and their parent has to spend Christmas alone.

This year, maybe you can give the best Christmas present ever. Take a moment to think of somebody that may be struggling with the season with any of the above. A phone call is most definitely a good start, for them to know someone is thinking of them could be worth more than any gift that you could wrap. If you are alone for Christmas, why not organise a get together with some friends on the night and invite someone who may be alone? You could make their day and you will feel so much better for it. It’s easy to turn a blind eye and go on about our celebrations, but remember, one day we will be old, we may be alone and hopefully someone will find the Christmas spirit and invite us into their lives even for just one day of the year. Who knows, maybe this year your present will be a new friend who you haven’t met before.


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