ISN’T IT WONDERFUL?!
More activity, heavier traffic, full parking lots, disgruntled shoppers in a hurry, long lines at the stores, children out of school, too much to do and not enough time! I hear it often this time of year as to why are we starting the season earlier every year—the decorations, the music, the advertising, the sales and all the hustle and bustle that goes along with it.
Perhaps we should slow down, take a deep breath, remember what the season was like when we were children, and most importantly what the season is about. We are celebrating the arrival of our Lord and Savior. This season should be about time with family, thanks for our blessings, serving others and putting our busy routines aside. Busy-ness can be a tremendous burden, and it interferes with what is important in life. For when we reach the end, we will not be wishing we shopped more, spent more, ate more, or missed opportunities to let others know we care, or family know that we loved them.
Would you rather be remembered for one who was so busy in life and got so much done; or someone who always took the time to get to know and care for others.
This season will be busy and that is unavoidable, but you have a choice as to whether this will interfere with the joys of this season that may be right there in front of you.
So when I hear people complain about the season and it’s earlier arrival, I share the joy I feel during this special time of year. It has always been my favorite, and I am thankful that it is upon us. Take the time to be thankful, to share precious moments with love ones, and to let others love you.