If giving gifts to friends and family in Christmas is a chance and a way to show love and gratitude from the heart, this tradition should be kept definitely. But I feel that lots of people are just making excuses for themselves to have more shoppings, or for business men to have more sales during Christmas. So I think that if you’d just like to take this chance to tell your loved ones how much you care about them, make a gift (like what you did when you were still a child with very little money) for them or make this gift an action that will cheer them up.
As we all know, Christmas is the season of giving. I think there is no better gift than the gift of forgiveness.
I suggest that we all take this special time of the year to forgive others of the wrongs that they had done unto us. Tell our loved ones, and those who matter, that we forgive them for the big things and the small ones, and that we still love them for all that they are.
Also, seek forgiveness from others for whatever wrong you might have unknowingly committed. The gift of forgiveness sometimes needs to be demanded from people. Ask for their forgiveness and for them to be open and honest with you. Remember: Communication is key to a healthy relationship, a strong friendship, and a loving family.
More importantly, forgive yourself. Ask for forgiveness from yourself, and then receive it. This is a special and important gift from yourself, to yourself. Forgive yourself of all the stupid things that you’d said and done for the past year. Tell yourself that you’re not perfect – well, nobody is anyway – and it’s alright to make mistakes, to fall, and to be human.
Let Christmas be a time of unconditional love. Free up any hate, any resentment, any regret, or any unforgiveness that you have harbored inside your mind or your heart. Let the past of 2013 be of the past. Move forward, towards the new year, with thanks and lots of love.
Christmas is a time for tradition and spending time with close family and friends, enjoying good food and staying inside in warm comfort while it’s cold and icky outside. The gifts have started to become more and more of an afterthought over the years, and I don’t even exchange gifts with most of my friends anymore.
The one thing that I think everyone could do without is the stress that comes along with it. Christmas shouldn’t be a time where a single speck of dust inspires outrage in a person, it’s supposed to be a time for joy, giving and sharing. A reminder that we’re not alone in this world.
If you’re one of the people who tend to get a bit overwhelmed by the whole thing. If you manage to focus less on how Christmas is “supposed to be”, and more on just caring for your friends and family, and trying to have some fun with them, you might surprise yourself with how much you’ll actually enjoy it.
This is a little bit tricky for me to answer but because we live in a world that is very diverse and tolerance of others from different cultures and religions is encouraged, I will say that Christmas is a nice time where people are hopefully more respectful of each other. At the same time, I personally do not celebrate Christmas from a religious point of view because I am not a Christian. In fact, I have noticed in recent years that there are many more people out there who are not overly religious at all and do not subscribe to any organized religion. This does not mean however, that we are less capable of contributing back to our communities and promoting peace among all people.
It’s a time to stop – look – and listen. Oh sorry, maybe you have no time for that. There’s so much shopping to be done. Well, I live 20 minuets from NYC and have not gone to the city to see how beautiful it is this time of year. Too much to do. Well, I think its time to just take a day this month to look around. Maybe a drive to view the lights up around town with no particular destination. A trip to the city closest to you without your wallet, just bright eyes and a full heart. There is so much to just feel with your soul. Happy Holidays!
Christmas, to me, is about family, friends, and giving.
It is a time to stop, for a moment, the hustle of life, and look inward, to what really counts. I believe that this pause should also include our own personal goals and ambitions. For a couple of weeks, or even a couple of days, we forget about ourself and focus on others.
It is a time to be present with those that we care about. It is a time to also reach outside of our circle and look to help those in need. It is a time for making memories that will last. It is a time for traditions: embracing old ones and creating new ones.
Although for many people commercialism can create additional stress at this time of year, in our home we like to simplify and find opportunities for service. Lots of games, fun, music, good company, good food, and getting out into the community.
Christmas for me means a lot of things – a time for togetherness, a time for celebration, religious significance and cultural too. It means family and presents and food and light and laughter, but the real meaning of Christmas for me is something else.
Christmas for me doesn’t necessarily mean celebrating the birth of Jesus. I come from a quasi-religious family (one parent is semi-atheist, another is devoted Christian) so Christmas has half a religious meaning at best.
Christmas, for me, is going back to the dawn of humanity when old rituals carried down through the generations and into the present day. Christmas comes from a mixture of pagan rituals in the midwinter that are about communities coming together at the darkest, coldest, most miserable and chilly time of year. Celebrating is all well and good when it’s warm and pleasant outside, but in winter?
For me, Christmas is about finding love and warmth and light and hope in the middle of the darkness. It’s about discovering that even when you think all light has gone, someone will be there providing even the smallest of flames. It’s about moving on and learning that there is hope and goodness throughout the whole year if we look hard enough and if we try enough to be hopeful and good. That’s what Christmas means to me.
Christmas is about my faith, family, friends and giving. It is a time for reflection and preparing for the new year. It is my favorite time of the year because it forces/allows me to slow down and meditate on being thankful. Oh, and it is definitely about good food as well. Merry Christmas to all of you.
To me, Christmas means a time for friends and family to get together and celebrate the holiday itself, along with the successes of the past year. It’s also a time to reestablish your relationship with God, if that’s what you believe in. It’s a time to be generous but prudent at the same time, as well as a time to set aside differences with those whom you have a struggling relationship with. I think the world should use this holiday season to come together and solve differences. I’d love to see an end to the war going on in Syria, as well as a solution to the nuclear arms issue in Iran. I wish Israel and Palestine would solve their conflict as well. My ideal Christmas is one where I get to see friends and relatives I haven’t seen in a while, and we spend time enjoying the day together with lots of eating, gift giving, playing fun Christmas games and activities, and celebrating.
To me, it’s all about watching films in onesies with my little girls, taking cold walks with stops at the pub for mulled wine, being with family, remembering lost loved ones, and enjoying time together.