The time is upon us for family visits, stockings, gift exchanges, and fires. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Solstice, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus, it’s definitely that time of year!
But why do some of us love this season, and some just try to ignore it? And why do people shame those who just can’t “get into” the spirit of the season?
President Coolidge had it right – it’s now about a certain time of year or a specific tradition. The Christmas spirit is celebrated in our hearts. Some of the people I’ve seen shamed are the most giving and loving folks, they just don’t celebrate in a traditional style.
Think back on summer. Who brought you some Christmas? Was it someone at camp who stayed up late to help you prep an evening activity? Was it the selfless joy shared between members of the winning color war team? Was it a parent who made you feel truly appreciated? Or maybe it was when you were forgiven for a mistake, even when it seemed like a really big one.
Let’s all try to show Christmas spirit year round. But save the cocoa – I don’t know how I’d feel about that by the pool at 100 degrees!