I have met a number of people who dislike the pressure of Christmas and feel that the gaiety and gift-giving and merriment is artificial and forced. Whenever I began to feel like that (and sometimes, yes, I do!), I watch or read THE CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens. I know that it has become a very commercial story. There are many versions on television - from animation to live action. Even the Goodman Theatre in Chicago does an annual production of the play. And, this season, a new Christmas movie about Dickens is in the movie theaters.
Bah! Humbug, you say? Rethink. The story's message transcends the commercial and teaches a timeless lesson about how Christmas celebrations can be filled with joy.
The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future remind us that Christmas is not about choosing the perfect gift for everyone on your list, or about feeling pressured to give by every charity that you've ever contributed to, but it is about the condition of your heart - choosing to be thankful and sharing the blessings in your life with others.
Maybe answering these questions will help: Who needs cheering up? How can I help someone less fortunate? How can I show love in a dynamic and active way, and give without expectation of return?
Taking the focus off yourself and instead, anticipating the joy of helping or surprising others can change everything - as Scrooge could tell you. Laugh a little more! Count your blessing! Remember the fundamental gift that started Christmas in the first place! Make a batch of Christmas goodies to give away! Be a positive Christmas presence!
Choose decor or gifts that express Christmas joy! Click here for some ideas.
Have a blessed and joyful holiday season!
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