“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” – Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
The question of the last few weeks had to be, ‘Are you ready for Christmas.’ To answer, I had to chuckle with the truth, ‘I am so far behind but I’m taking it one day at a time.’
Another case in point: As I finished up my years agenda at my work computer, I heard my colleague across the desk from me, let out a tired sigh. I turned to her and said, ‘I know how you feel. This time of year there is so much to do!’ She agreed whole heartily. ‘I’m feeling a love/hate relationship with Christmas right now,’ I continued. She said that was a great way of putting how she felt. She was not looking forward to the pressure of preparing that big Christmas dinner but on the other hand, she loved having everyone together.
Perhaps the main ingredients for Christmas festivities are healthy doses of love, joy, peace and appreciating the ‘now.’
This Holiday season, I decided to do more of enjoying the little moments and less of putting pressure on making sure everything is done perfectly. After all, Jesus was born in a stable, not a perfect environment, for goodness sake! So, I have been keeping everything more simple, smaller; less frantic and grandiose.
“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” – Dale Evans Rogers
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens
“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.” – Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and Human Experience
Christmas Address of President Ronald Reagan, December 23, 1981
When I drive through my neighborhood and catch the reflection of colorful lights adorning the homes, my mind stirs up my emotional memory of many a Christmas from my past. As a child, my family would gleefully sing a song inspired by my father…
“It’s Christmas time again, birthday of our Lord!” – Song by Albert Joseph Alberici
Christmas songs stir up warm feelings celebrating Christ’s birthday and life. The son of God can live in your heart every day and for that I pray.
Wishing you and yours Christmas blessings,
Maria Lauren, aka Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio
If you’re needing more positive renewal and less anxiety this Holiday, take time to Relax-n-Renew.
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