The Spirit of Christmas
Seven days until Christmas. So much still to do – at least eight more gifts to buy, the annual Christmas card (& letter) to mail, gift wrapping, three more Christmas parties to attend. It seems like it’s a never-ending cycle every year but this year is different. My husband and I have settled into a new region of the country. We’ve gained some wonderful new friendships, we love the area more than we thought we actually would (we are “city folks”), and overall, life is good. We are truly enjoying the spirit of the season, even with all the hustle and bustle!
Still, my heart breaks for those less fortunate. As a teacher, I see families that struggle EVERY day. I have students that live in hotels because they can’t afford to put a down payment on a house or the necessary down payments for the rental of a decent apartment. I have students who will not have a typical joyous Christmas dinner this year because the expenses have gotten so much so for their family that Mom & Dad can’t afford turkey with all the fixings. It breaks my heart.
And as a teacher, a group of us have rallied together to purchase dinner & gifts for some of those families, even if all we get them is a gift card to the local grocery store or buy their “wish list” at Wal-Mart or Target. Nothing against those two businesses. It’s just that we wish we could do more, if you know what I mean. In my own home, my husband and I have even donated presents through two local charities and their Angel Trees. There’s only so much we can do.
That’s the spirit of Christmas, though. That’s what the season is all about – giving back to those around you who are less fortunate. Every morning, I wake up and thank God for all the Blessings I have, even the most simplistic ones – the fact that – I can breathe and stretch to get out of bed, I have an automobile that will get me to work & back, I have a home that we are able to pay for, and of course the blessings of family & friends that surround us near and far. I feel for those that don’t have a portion of or any of that. That’s why each Christmas my husband and I make a point of doing something to give to others who struggle each day just to live.
I pray that as the days wind down and the holiday grows closer, y’all will take the time to reflect on your blessings and make the choice to give to someone less fortunate. It will brighten your Christmas. I promise you.
With something to think about…TQF