“At Christmas, play and make good cheer, for Christmas
comes once a year”
I am writing this with the biggest smile on my face. I am surrounded by approximately three-hundred faces of Santa Claus. The Christmas tree is the only light illuminating the room and the aromas of sugar cookies and peppermint fill the air. I admit, it feels weird to be sitting in my living room, not having any classwork to do or finals to be studying for. I keep thinking to myself,
“Shouldn’t I be doing something?”
And now I know why. I should be doing something and this is the secret that I want to share with you all. It’s true what they say, ‘Tis the Season. It’s the season of love, of giving and cheer. It’s the time of connections and memories. This is the time to disconnect from the chaotic, all-consuming world of technology and the patterns of our lives which we complete on auto pilot. Christmas/December is my favorite month of the year. I walk around for a month with complete wonder in my eyes. The ground is covered with the fresh kiss of snow. The fluffy, white powder represents the promise of a new beginning. I hear the leaves below my feet scream as I break the icy barriers around their edges. The scenery around me is bright and vibrant, begging for my attention and adoration.
Within the house, each Christmas Tree, (there are three) sets the tone for the nights to come. The heat of tea or hot chocolate warms my hands. I listen to the harmonic tones of Pentatonix, their voices filling the rooms of my house. The house is humming with activity: The crisp sounds of scissors as they cut through wrapping paper. I inwardly groan at my inability to wrap presents in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. The stove heats up the kitchen and pantry, while I try and sneak handfuls of sugar cookie dough. My feet are taping against the ground as I count down the hours, minutes and seconds before my family arrives tonight.
My advice to you this season? Make memories. Love.
Connect with the environments and people around you. Ask not what you will receive, but instead, what you can give. Let the gifts be of love, support and second chances. Think about the people in your life and be the person worthy of their love and respect. Forgive past faults and make a conscious effort to move forward and leave behind those things which are dragging you down. This season is only as magical as you make it. So make it amazing.