December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the
living room, and shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?
For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. There are some who can afford very little all year, let alone during the holiday season. When you head out this year to buy your household’s fifth or sixth television set or iPad, keep in mind of those who cannot afford such things. Find it in your heart to give back by donating to drives or charities. What better way to share the holiday spirit than by sharing and helping?
Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. While the exchanging of gifts is, for many, usually one of the most enjoyable parts of the season, people would do well to remember the old idea that it’s about way more than stuff. All those cliché heart-warmers—kindness toward others, family, friendship, and togetherness—are what always matter most.
Extending the warmth of one’s home to someone who might otherwise be forced to spend the holidays alone can spread happiness to others. So when welcoming to your holiday gathering that creepy cousin or an abrasive, alcoholic great-aunt, remember in between the shudders and sobs that there are people out there aching for a family, no matter how eccentric. Someone’s seemingly mediocre Christmas filled with bad food and worse holiday sweaters is someone else’s dream.
Find out more about local charity drives here.