As the white, thick flakes gently touch the ground this morning, let the true holiday magic begin. But festive occasions can often turn slippery and treacherous, just like the pretty snowflakes. Many of us expect December to be set on autopilot; that everyone is dreaming and beaming, too. With emotions running at an extra high speed, the Christmas season often becomes bittersweet. Compound this with the loss of a loved one, a down economy or a chronic illness. Something as simple as a lack of natural sunlight or the stress of give, give, give can deplete the best of us.
In the wise words of W.C. Jones, “The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing other's loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.” So make this holiday a season of joy rather than a season of gifts. Do you have extra? Be sure to spread it around. Smiles are a great place to start.
From us to you, have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah or whatever celebration you partake in during this season of joy! And remember to make your 2012 New Year’s resolution. A great place to start is in the garden. Nature is proven to be a wonderful place to find joy!
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