Is Christmas a season to celebrate, or is it just that stressful time of year again when gifts must be bought for everyone?
I love the joke about the Catholic monk who spent hours in the monastery’s library only to emerge in a fluster, running through the hallways screaming, “It says celebRate, ce-le-bRRRate!”
Perhaps you need to be Catholic to understand the joke. In the Catholic tradition, priests, monks and nuns take a vow of celibacy. The joke implies that we have unnecessarily endured pain when we were meant to enjoy life, all because of a typo.
Is it possible that we have also mis-read the purpose of Christmas? What about the purpose of life? Life too, is a season to celebrate.
Count your blessings
Don’t worry about how much the presents are going to cost. Be grateful that you have so many special people in your life to buy gifts for. The truly special people won’t mind if your gifts are not expensive, as long as you’re there when they open it.
No need to fuss over getting the house decorated. The best decor is an atmosphere of love and laughter. Spend time with your family filling your home with love, and visitors will feel it when they come.
Make it a season to celebrate all year round
When I was younger, I dreaded the social and financial obligations of Christmas. I hated the commercial jingles and endless sales that started as early as October.
As I grow older, I appreciate rituals more and more. They remind us that we are part of a tradition. We have something to celebrate, and we have people to celebrate with.
I also realise that Christmas is not just about one day. The official date there to remind us, at least one day a year, of what we should be celebrating all year round.
I am so glad that it’s going to be Christmas soon, and hope you’re looking forward to it as a season to celebrate too!