What does Christmas mean to you?
Christmas is almost here and people around the world are busy with their preparations following their own traditions. The giving of gifts, the getting together of family and other social gatherings, the putting up of decorations, surrounded by tinsel and glitter, and of course the feasting!
Christmas primarily though is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. And is important to remember the religious aspect as christians around the world celebrate the holidays in many different ways, following their own specific beliefs. First and foremost though, Christmas is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus, which brings us a message of peace and hope, opening our hearts to the state of gratitude, kindness and compassion.
How about you?
What does Christmas mean for you? For many of us, it is a time to celebrate and remember what and who are important in our lives. This is a great time for family reunions and get togethers, for remembering friendships and exchanging gifts.
It is a time of appreciation, of showing how much we value the people around us. And where and how we celebrate our own specific Christmas differs. Some of us spend Christmas at home, and others go away on holidays. Some of us prefer to be on our own, whilst for others of us it is a time of catching up with loved ones, and partying.
Christmas means showing kindness, love and gratitude
It’s not just a festival of food and drink, decorating Christmas trees, seeing Santa and gathering gifts though. For me the real Christmas spirit means showing kindness, love and gratitude to others. Sharing your time and energy with people you come into contact with. Feeling compassion for, and being close to, other people that you come your way in life. Christmas is most certainly a time of giving of kindness and love as well as the more material things in life.
Here at Bowerland we are fortunate to be able to spend Christmas with family and friends. We put our feet up more than usual and have the time to be a bit more laid back rather than rushing around, as we usually do during our normal hectic week. And of course we love eating loads of good food and enjoying a glass or two.
I think that this is the most important aspect of the holiday season no matter where you are in the world. To enjoy your time with family and friends, no matter how the festivities are carried out. Christmas Day, for many busy families, is the one day of the year when everyone is able to gather in one room at the same time.
Appreciation and Gratitude are Key
So make sure you enjoy yourselves and spend more time with your family and close ones, showing them your gratitude and love. Appreciation and gratitude are key. It’s easy to forget about it in this fast-paced world, but sharing your hearts with the people around you at Christmas and throughout the year makes the world a happier place.
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