In a month’s time, Christmas will be over. Can you believe it? Have you started decorating or shopping yet? Have you felt the excitement in twinkling lights and frosty weather? I am a Christmas lover as you can probably tell.
I like simplicity during Christmas. I love to put up the creche and remember what the holiday is truly about – love and peace. The warmth of a roaring fire and loving family surrounding me fills my heart with gratitude for life itself. Peace and love hopefully will reign supreme this holiday season with human kindness spreading its gentle wings upon the earth. At least that’s what I’m praying for this year.
I love to go to church during the Christmas season and sing all of the old hymns. When I was younger, I was in the church choir and I adored singing at Christmas masses more than any other time of year. The magic of Christmas love has stayed with me even though I’m older. I’ve never quite lost that childhood wonder and Christmas spirit.
Even as a child, I didn’t wanted to grow up during Christmas. I never told my parents when I stopped believing in Santa as I loved the magic of Christmas morning and I still do! I don’t know why I’ve always been so enraptured with Christmas. It’s just innate in me. I often wonder if I should move to a Christmas village and live there year round or if by doing that, it would make me jaded for my favorite holiday? Do any of you live in a Christmas village? Can you tell me what it’s like to have Christmas everyday?
So back to my original question, what does Christmas mean to you? Sleigh bells ringing? Snow falling gently on the ground? Merry moments with family and friends? Hot toddies by the fire with a special person? Wrapping special presents to delight and show our love for others? Unwrapping special trinkets bought by others with us in mind? Showing the sanctity of the holiday? Feeling grateful for all that we have? Sharing what we have with others through giving? Blessing others and sharing our heartlights? Surrounding ourselves with peace and love? Forgiving the past and sharing The Presents of Presence?
There are touching moments on the journey with loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia that bring tears to our eyes. This one caught me and touched my heart. As a daughter and a niece, there are no words that succinctly fulfill the gratitude I have for this moment even though my family members are still able to identify me. But knowing that the progression of the disease may come to this moment, my heart fills with the precious and priceless moment that is captured below with a smile.
Even if you aren’t walking the path of memory loss, this viral video reminds us all that we are only here for a short period of time in which to tell our loved ones that we love them, that we are blessed to have them in our lives and to show them how much they mean to us every single day.
It’s never too late to share a special moment with your loved one. Do not delay dearest friends. We only have this present moment and as someone who has loved ones who have passed, it is harder when they are gone. Video tape precious moments with your family members. Take the time to make special memories with them. Be patient, be kind, shine your heartlight and be loving You!
The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
~ Christopher McCandless
Sometimes we forget to EN-JOY the changes and different experiences that we find ourselves in and instead label the changes as good or bad. But they are not all black and white like that, even though they feel hard and sometimes impossible to accept. I understand how you feel. But you must remember that they are simply changes and new experiences. There’s no definitive label needed ~ just the Joy in Living ~ and by living, we have endlessly changing horizons, for each day has a new and different sun!
Remember, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!” ~ Wayne Dyer