It’s almost December, and we all know what that means…CHRISTMAS! For many others, though, December stands for sadness, heartache and depression. Why do we give ourselves over to this sadness? Isn’t Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa) the happiest time of the year?
Yes, for most people, it is. But for others it’s sad because they have lost family, and because this time of year is big family time, they get sad. Those people miss their families, and they miss the times that they could have had and didn’t.
Because I’m one of the people that is blessed to have my whole family around me, I sometimes forget that there are people in my life that don’t have that blessing. So I’m going to be looking into the real spirit of Christmas and seeing what I can do from that spirit to help those around.
Jesus wasn’t born with huge crowds of people around. He wasn’t born to cheers that “The Son of God is here!” He was born into rejection, and sadness from day one. Joseph and Mary were rejected from the inn, because of no room, so were forced to sleep in a stable. It was this stable, surrounded by farm animals, that became the first bedroom of Jesus. Joseph and Mary weren’t rich, so Jesus wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. The real spirit of Christmas isn’t just family. The real spirit of Christmas is recognizing that sadness occurs. Even Jesus dealt with it from day one. You can’t tell me Mary was happy about having to give birth (at about the age of 13) in a dirty nasty stable surrounded by animals.
Even looking into the legend of Saint Nick, who Santa Claus was named after, we don’t see tons of happiness. The people around Nick were happy, because Nick took time to make it that way. But Nick himself wasn’t rich. He was lonely at times. And out of that spirit of sadness and loneliness came something greater: A desire to be a light to those around him.
So recognizing this real spirit of Christmas, do you think we can understand a little more the sadness that surrounds us? and by understanding sad situations, we can work to improve them? Here are some ideas of what you can do:
- Invite your neighbor over for a meal.
- Take a meal to a homeless person.
- Buy a toy for Toys For Tots
- Participate in a Toy Run
By doing these small things, especially this time of year, we can help spread happiness and cheer to those around us, and maybe make the world a better place. What do you say? Are you in?
Until Next Time,