Your part in Christmas
As you’re reading this, take a moment to relax and look at how things are.
The holiday season tends to be a busy time for most folks. There are the obligatory shopping trips to buy presents and snacks, the baking, the decorating, and the juggling of schedules.
There tends to be a lot on the go every Christmas. It’s unavoidable.
While there might be plenty of tasks to check off your list, don’t let things get out of control. You can make Christmas whatever you want it to be, but it shouldn’t be an event that causes stress.
The onslaught of advertisements encouraging people to purchase goods before and after Dec. 25 is overwhelming, for sure. Don’t let those enticing discounts cause you to lose sight of the necessities of life. Do you really need to spend yourself into a scenario of being over-loaded with debt?
There is an obvious rush that comes with gift giving and receiving gifts. It’s a nice way to show others appreciation for what they mean to you. But ultimately it’s just as important to spend time with them. Christmas represents a great opportunity to cross that off the list.
For folks of a religious persuasion, Christmas marks an important moment on the calendar to mark the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It gives them a chance to reflect on their faith and how it informs their desire to do good for others.
Doing good for others should be on the minds of all people this Christmas. It’s not an easy time for many. There are folks who simply cannot afford to join in on the more consumer-oriented side of the holiday season. There are refugees looking to make new homes in foreign countries. Many in this province, country and world rarely face an easy day.
If you can take a moment to do something special for another person or reflect on how lucky you are to have the life you have or live where you live, it will be worth your while. Newfoundland and Labrador, despite its hardships tied to a floundering oil economy, remains a great place to live. Canada is a fine country to call home. We have it good. We have opportunities many others in this world simply do not.
So this Christmas, may you be merry with your friends and family. Enjoy the holiday season and do your best to make 2016 a banner year for the life of yourself and those around you.
If you can take a moment to do something special for another person or reflect on how lucky you are to have the life you have or live where you live, it will be worth your while.