Celebrate the Holidays

Celebrating the Holidays – Childhood Memories

Those were the Days.

Holiday celebrations that involve a positive viewpoint sprinkled with relevant LOL (Laugh Out Loud) humor lightens holiday stress by reminding us what’s really important.

Gathering around our Christmas tree, as a child, my family would listen to Mom play the piano, all of us singing along to traditional Christmas carols. We all would be sipping on mugs of hot apple cider or hot chocolate laced with peppermint sticks, while the delicious smell of Christmas dinner baking in the oven subtly filled the room.

Later, we would all hold hands while Dad provided his traditional prayer of gratitude. The next day, my brother and I would be following Mom and Dad down powdery hills with our brand new skis. We were blessed.

Church celebrations were especially memorable. We’d take turns crowding onto a giant sleigh pulled through the snow by horses. Sometimes we gave presents to folks in our community who often went without. The memory of a young boy’s face lighting up as he opened an unexpected gift and saw a stocking hat and warm gloves he needed but thought he would have to live without is still one of my favorites.

Holiday Celebration – Priority Shift?

When did the holidays change? When did they become more about strategic gifting and less about giving to those in need? I believe Christmas lost much of its real meaning when we all became enamored with the idea of presents. The day became about giving and getting the perfect present and to count our blessings based on the things we received, including words of appreciation for a well-chosen gift.

For many, holiday joy is distorted into a season of stress – financial and emotional. Studies of calls made to crisis lines show that the price we pay for commercializing this season of joy is that it’s become a time when loneliness and depression are more prevalent than ever. How can we change this trend?

Holiday Celebration About Face

Can you imagine what holiday blessings we could create for ourselves without the expectations and burden of giving the latest and greatest gadget or gizmo to our friends and family who already have everything they need? We could actually be free to give of ourselves? Here are some ideas:

  • Invite a friend (who already has what they need) to come with us to a community home for the needy.  Together, take a person in real need out for a special lunch or shopping for some warm clothes.
  • Another idea is to invite a housebound person to have lunch at a special place, providing them with a memory instead of a gift.
  • Maybe Christmas can involve reconnecting with someone we’ve lost touch with, forgiving someone, or lending a hand to someone really in need.

I believe a gift given from the heart is more rewarding for the giver and more valuable for the receiver.

Holiday Speaker – “Focus on What’s in Your Heart, Not in the Mall”

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying the blessings that come from your heart.  Instead of spending time in the malls, focus on the blessings we already have and on blessing others with things they actually need  to rediscover the true intent of Christmas.

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Give the gift of laughter and positive thinking. To celebrate the holidays with humor, heartfelt memories and strategies for creating a lifetime of positive memories contact the Attitudeman Al Foxx. Al will give 10% of his speaking fee to Northwest Harvest.

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2 Responses to Celebrate the Holidays

  1. Karen January 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    I have fond memories like you Al of the holiday season being so different years ago. It really makes a difference when you have family and friends that care to share it with. I totally agree with you that we should count our blessings of what we have every day and help those who are less fortunate than us. Happy 2012 to you my dear friend!

  2. Anonymous January 6, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    Hi Karen, You are a dear and daring friend with an amazing amount of resilience, resourcefulness and spunk (I think that German for grace.) I hope that someday one or both of us will cross the miles currently separating us so I can once again hear your laugh and see that twinkle in your beautiful eyes. Wouldn’t that be just about the best Christmas ever? Happy 2012. It will be the best so far.

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