This time of year is like no other. As the month of December begins so does a certain feeling in the air. It’s the feeling of busyness. You see it in the faces of the people around you. There is more traffic, more noise, and more impatient people. People feel as though they need to buy the best presents, decorate to impress, attend all the parties, and do something all the time. In all this busyness, where is the joy?
Yesterday, as I was shopping, Andy Williams song, “Happiest Time of the Year ” played throughout the store. I wondered is this really the happiest time of the year? I looked at the faces of the people around me. I looked for laughter, joy, even a smile, but instead I saw frustration, impatience , and frowns. Even the greeter at the door says a half-hearted welcome. This made me sad. Where is the joy?
I grew up watching “Little House on the Prairie”. I remember watching the first Christmas the family spent in the Big Woods. All the little sister wanted was a star for the tree because it reminded her of baby Jesus. The star on the tree brought her great happiness. Just a simple request but in it she found true joy!
As I sit here writing this blog, I vow this Christmas to focus on the simple aspects of life. I vow to remember why there is joy because of the birth of Jesus. As I shop, I vow to focus on the joy of giving, not on getting the perfect present. As I attend the parties and family gatherings, I vow to find joy in the hugs, the conversations, and the connections made with others rather than worrying about finding that perfect outfit to wear. As I go about my day, I vow to smile at strangers, find ways to offer a helping hand, and keep the Christmas joy alive today and every day. Faith Hill sings about this in her song, ” Where are you Christmas?”. Listen to it and just think about where your heart is this Christmas. If your heart is full of joy, spread this joy to others because sometimes people just need a reminder. Hopefully this blog will be a reminder , as it was for me as I wrote it, to focus on the true joy and feeling of Christmas and how to have this feeling everyday.
Joy is contagious… spread it to those around you and this will truly be the happiest time of the year