Thursday, December 12, 2013

What Christmas means to me

Welcome to the first post in my "12 Days of Christmas" series. I thought an appropriate place to start this series off would be to talk about what Christmas means to me and how I celebrate this special time of year. I want to begin by saying that I love this time of year. There really is something so special and magical about Christmas. I really believe that the whole meaning of Christmas has more to do with giving than with receiving. I really do try to live by that all throughout the year, but during Christmas I think it's even more important. I don't want to sound too preachy, but I am a Christian, so I celebrate Jesus during this time of year as well. It's important to me in my faith to be thankful and give to others who are less fortunate. I know it sounds so cliche, but it really is better to give than to receive. 

For me, there's nothing like the feeling you get when you can make somebody smile. Giving doesn't always mean material things either. It could mean spending time with someone, volunteering, or just being nice to a stranger. It's the little things that count and are the most meaningful. I also want to point out that the spirit of the season doesn't necessarily have to be religious. Obviously, my religion plays an important part in my life but you can give, and love, and enjoy this time of year without having a religious affiliation. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in finding the perfect gift or thinking about what we want that we forget really what this season is about which is giving and spreading love. This is the time to really cherish your family and friends and be thankful. Of course, it's always nice to get presents on Christmas (because who doesn't love presents) but it's even better to be with the people you love. I plan to spend this Christmas with my family members and just enjoy each other's company. I also plan to remember what it really means to celebrate Christmas and to never forget who really is the reason for the season.

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How do you celebrate the Christmas holiday?

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