Sunday, December 21, 2014

Making peace with Christmas

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Every year Christmas comes around in December, and takes me by surprise. Every year I struggle with the same issues—not wanting to give or receive more “stuff” that needs dusting. Every year I feel like I’m bringing my friends down with my attitude. I’m not a minimalist, nor have I simplified my life or possessions (yet. I’m working on it), but as the child of a hoarder, I am terrified of “stuff” that is accumulating. I have begun to let my life be ruled by fear of too many things.

Christmas takes me by surprise every year because I don’t want to think about it. By not thinking about it, not only do I avoid the issue of too much stuff in the world and in my life, but I also miss out on the love and joy that Christmas represents. By vilifying gifts, I have made my focus at this time of year very narrow. With such a narrow focus, it’s easy to miss the joy of sharing. (Didn't Dickens write a story about this?)

Gifts are not the enemy, but a powerful statement of love and joy. 

On her blog, Revive: Rethink Simplicity, Cheryl Moreau posted a lovely article about the meanings of Peace, Joy, and Love at Christmas, . She reminded me that gifts are not the enemy, but a powerful statement of love and joy. She reminded me that I can Choose to accept that people are saying "I value you as a friend" when they give gifts. She reminded me that I can Choose to see the whole season in a more positive light. 

It’s time I returned to my personal mission statement: “I resonate joy!” It’s time, once again, to make a joyful noise.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.I wish you Peace, Love, and Joy in your lives!


  1. Lovely comment and words 'to live by'. Thank you.

  2. Cathie,
    I am so thrilled to read that my article touched you and positively impacted your view of gifts at Christmas. Blessings in 2015!

    Cheryl Moreau

    1. Thank you Cheryl. Your message came to me at just the right time!