What Christmas Means to Me

To me Christmas is all about giving, not of the commercial variety by giving more and more expensive gifts. It’s about the giving of ourselves and of our time.

It’s the time you spend with friends and family —all the wonderful people who mean so much to you. You share funny stories, good food, and good times simply being together.

I have always been a very sentimental person. Yes, I’m the one that cries at the mushy Christmas commercials. You know the ones. The son comes home from somewhere far away and sneaks into the house with the help of a younger sister, and they make coffee together while the parents are fast asleep upstairs. Yes, ones like that. No matter how many years I see them, I always tear up.

For me, Christmas is a time to reflect and be thankful for all the blessings in your life rather than focusing on the shortcomings. For a little while, we put forth the effort to be a little nicer, speak a little kinder, and think about those who are much less fortunate than ourselves. ~ Rene Walden

To me, Christmas is that one time of the year when I slow down and take the time to really see my friends and family, to focus on peace and good will toward men, and to really put forth an effort to be the change I want to see in the world.

Christmas is my favorite holiday season and not just for the gifts. On Christmas Day, I’ll see the people I love all gathered in one room, and for one bright, shining day, we’ll laugh, talk, eat, and just spend time together without thinking about tomorrow, deadlines, or work.

It’s that time of the year when I do spend more time thinking about the people who don’t have everything everyone deserves—a home, something to eat, people to love, and safety, and I’ll spend less time thinking about what I don’t have.

Mostly, though, Christmas is what I wish the world could be like all year long—peaceful, happy, and warm. ~ Dawn Carrington


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