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, http://revivers.ca/blog/2014/12/05/my-simple-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!

3 comments:

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

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  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
    http://revivers.ca

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

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