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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!