Christmas is a magical time. There’s just an excitement and happiness in the air that I don’t feel the rest of the year. The decorations around the house and stores and office give me all the warm and fuzzies and I can’t get enough of it.
It’s the time to cherish loved ones, appreciate coworkers and take in children’s excited faces as they meet Santa or open presents. The best part is, pretty much everyone is in a cheerful mood.
But then there’s those people…you know the ones. The ones who can’t handle the crowds and stress that come along with the Holidays so they turn into raging monsters. The Grinches if you will. Example: Last Friday night, I’m gleefully listening to Christmas music and heading to dinner with girlfriends. We had planned to go to a restaurant at one of the busiest shopping centers in the area and the place is a MADHOUSE. Which I expected but still agreed to because I thought it would be worth the drinks and girl talk. So, I’m trying to get to to the restaurant and I’m at a four way stop but the traffic is so bad that there is no where for me to go without blocking multiple people and I just have to sit there. One angry man in a minivan proceeds to lay on his horn for 5 minutes until I can move and then pulls up next to me, rolls down his window, screams profanities at me and drives away like a maniac. It was horrible and I wanted to cry. And I let him wipe away all of my Christmas cheer, at least for a few minutes. Then, I decided to say a prayer for this man and his family and wish them a Merry Christmas.
As I thought about this man, and my encounters with other Grinches, and the times when, let’s be honest, I’ve been a Grinch myself when the crowds or traffic stresses me out; I thought about really, really focusing on the reason for the season.
The reason for the season is Jesus. And grace, love, compassion…all the beautiful gifts God gave us. He gave us these gifts so we can spread them to the rest of mankind, and boy do we need it. Our world needs hope and light and love.
This year, I vow to truly focus on the meaning and reason for Christmas. I vow to share these gifts with others. I vow to respond with kindness, understanding and love when people are not the nicest or most patient. I vow to not let anyone ruin my Christmas spirit. I vow to serve others without wanting anything in return. I vow to enjoy the season of cheer, of togetherness, of giving and not worry about all of the fluff.
I hope you’ll join me in spreading joy and love this year and I wish you the Merriest of Christmases <3