I know there have been a large volume of posts about the Christmas season. (My Christmas is your holiday, suck it up) I write a blog here and there to stir up some thought process.
I have read Art (ChiefReason) and Mel's (FASNYtraining or Mary Ellen Shea) fantastic blogs about the Christmas season and have enjoyed both. I agree whole heartedly that this season more than any other, it is time to help those in our communities around us who are (amazingly) less fortunate. At a time where job lay-off's are happening left and right and companies’ closing their doors is increasing, it is extremely depressing. Statistically, when faced with a recession, the word Depression is brought up. The cases of Depression and suicide increase dramatically when financial despair gives some folks a feeling of hopelessness. It is this time in combination with the holidays and a lack of being able to provide for their families that drive some over the edge. Befriend those around you to help curtail this from happening. Give your friends some hope that there are better days ahead.
(yes this is our tree)
This Christmas my children are all extremely excited. They have been spoiled the past few years when the economy wasn't in such tough shape. I have instilled the true meaning of Christmas into my oldest 2 and as my youngest son Jackson grows, he will learn also. My children have done things that I never had with them this year to try and bring back Christmas the way it used to be. We made construction paper ringed garland, (for the home decor, not the tree) family ornaments from Cinnamon and good old Elmer’s glue (they smell awesome) and paper snowflakes. (Cheap and a blast!!) Bringing some of these fun projects back to memory and to use in the current time has been a blast and has been an enjoyable experience for the children as well.
(images used from photobucket to show examples)
Without divulging into the religious aspect of Christmas (as I did with the kids) this is the time where you need FAMILY!! This is the time where that petty fight that created an invisible barrier needs to be overcome. This is the season of love and joy. This is the time to bring it all home. Spending time to mend a broken fence generally only has rewards for all of those involved. Make time to be with your family. Try to begin a project that involves everyone in your home. Kids love to be involved. Make cookies where your children roll the cookie dough, or cut shapes, or help you mix. This time now will be remembered for a long time.
In closing, don't contribute to the feeling of Christmas having to come with a hefty price tag. Make it about the little things and you will find you will enjoy the humble and much more personal side of your life that perhaps has been lacking. Even when you have nothing else, you always have each other.
Live, laugh and love like there’s no tomorrow.
Merry Christmas an have a SAFE New Year