It is hard to believe we only have 32 days left in 2011. Where has the year gone? With 32 days left in the year we only have 25 days until Christmas, so ready or not, here it comes.
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday, ate all of the turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie they could hold, shopped until they dropped, got their Christmas trees up, outside lights hung, presents wrapped, and now can just sit back and relax until Christmas -- yeah, right.
We all go a little crazy this time of year trying to get it all done. They don't call it the hustle and bustle of Christmas for nothing.
It is a busy time with gatherings with family and friends, parades, extra cooking, shopping, wrapping presents, going, coming, working, decorating, and the list goes on and on. Hopefully, through it all, we will keep in mind what the season is all about and let our charity come through.
When we hear the word charity, we automatically think of giving money or gifts to the less fortunate. That is one definition, but charity also means love. If we show our love for our fellow man, charity will shine. We should be willing to give more than physical gifts. How about sharing a little time with someone who needs a friend? Let's spare a little time to bake a pie or a box of cookies and take to someone who is not able to bake anymore. A short visit at a nursing home or hospital can spread the Christmas spirit more than any gift we could purchase and give.
The stores will be crowded, the lines will be long, the parking lots will be filled, and, if we are not careful, our lack of charity will come out loud and clear.
It takes more patience this time of the year than any other.
I have not heard so much about it this year, but in the past we heard a lot about retail employees trained to greet us with "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."
When they do, I just thank them, return with a smile and wish them a Merry Christmas and go on about my business.
I don' let it ruin my day, take offense or make a scene. Like I said, we should always strive to let our charity show.
My husband has a short fuse when it comes to parking spaces during the Christmas season. Sometimes I have to remind him to be nice.
I enjoy giving gifts and I hope the recipients enjoy receiving them, but I do realize "the gifts" are not what we should be focused on.
The GIFT was and is our Savior, and without Him, there would be no reason to even celebrate Christmas.
You have the right to disagree with me, but I am thankful I live in America and I have the right to proclaim it. Some may celebrate their happy holidays, but I plan on having a Merry Christmas.