This is Santa on Dec. 26th.
Unfortunately, it represents a lot of other people, too.
Xmas doesn’t have to wind us up, tear us down, or obligate people to cook, clean, or let the holiday grind them into fatigue.
There’s another way: it is simply a matter of choice and the realization that it doesn’t have to “be” a certain way at all.
For a holiday that’s predicated on the essential spiritual meaning for so many people, I hate watching people get trapped into obligations that sap them. It’s supposed to be full of love, giving, and celebration.
Not exertion. Nor expenditure.
If you find yourself overextended, tell your friends and loved ones. Ask for help. Choose something different. Just be happy with whatever you choose.
If you can’t afford to give a gift, give your time and love instead. Encouragement. A phone call, a card with a shared memory, or a hug for no reason. Good people never fault someone for being unable to spend on them. Our value lies elsewhere. Time and presence are the gifts that enhance us and neither are replaceable.
Xmas can be whatever you want it to be. You can celebrate however you want and in a way that lets everyone relax and enjoy the season.
God’s love is an embrace for so many people.
And for others, it is the presence of people, family, and friends that light them up. For those lucky enough, the season is wrapped with God’s love and closeness with those who energize them as they are.
I hope you find your internal Xmas light this year.
All of you.
If you do, let it shine.