December 12th -- Saying "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" to everyone
As simple as it may be saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" -- especially to strangers -- is one of my favorite things about the Christmas season. This time of year calls for all of us to be joyful, repentant, giving, selfless, kind, and loving. You never know how much of an impact a simple phrase can have on someone's day/life. Especially since the holidays aren't always so happy every year. You never know what someone is going through or what they have been through in the last year, and it is often more difficult for people around this time of year. It is a time of transition, reflecting on decisions we've made, celebrating what we have, and remembering those who have passed on. For me, this will be the second Christmas since my grandpa passed and I don't expect it to be easy, especially when the whole extended family sits down for Christmas dinner and he isn't physically there. Traditions have changed a bit, but we always make certain that he remains part of every holiday and family gathering. My grandpa always loved Christmas and he was very strong in his faith, I have no doubt that he truly is with us, especially around Christmas time.
Not everyone shares the same beliefs as I do though, not everyone has their faith to lean on and trust in when they are hurting. Anyone who is hurting, has an illness/disease or has a loved one who is sick in some way, the homeless, the hungry, the people who don't have a support system in their homes, the people who are fighting to support their families each day, the ones who are struggling to keep their sanity, the people who crave happiness and love -- these are the people that may need a little extra time, patience, love, kindness, and compassion around this time of year. I encourage you to say "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" to as many people as you can this holiday season. You never know how much that simple phrase can mean to someone -- it may just be the act of kindness they need to keep them going throughout the day, it may be the reminder for them that someone in this messed up world is wishing them well and that someone cares about their happiness.
Let's all spread a little extra love and kindness this holiday season -- the world could use some more of it.