“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see the joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” – Thomas S. Monson
(I just recently stumbled upon Margaret Berg’s website and immediately fell in love with her work full of pretty, bright colors and light, airy watercolor. Click the picture to go to her gallery website.)
This morning after finishing up with breakfast, my mom said she loved so much making breakfast for all of us and being able to eat together as a family.
My sister is getting her PhD in College Station, Texas and my brother recently moved to League City, Texas outside of Houston for a transfer in his job.
Even though I live with my parents, it’s hard to find the time to all be home together for a meal or make plans to go out for dinner to catch up.
Getting gift cards for Urban Outfitters and a new North Face jacket are pretty darn awesome, but I’ve come to appreciate the process of opening the gift than actually getting the gift itself. My brother gets so excited about giving each present to the individual person, a genuine smile you really only see once a year. My dad nonchalantly (or so he thinks) grabs the bags and tissue paper as we open each gift, runs into his room with them, and comes out with a newly bagged gift for one of us (it’s pretty hilarious!). Just being able to have us all in the same room warms my heart.
The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love, generosity and goodness. Sharing our time and ourselves with the people around us is a gift in itself.
As Christmas waves it’s magic wand over us all and turns the mundane into peaceful beauty and joy, I hope you truly have a wonderful holiday. Take this opportunity to reflect on all the important things around you (like your family, not your Instagram followers :)) and what you are truly thankful for. Ponder over what your plans are for the New Year and the mistakes you have made in 2016 that you can learn from. But don’t let the past steal your present!
What holiday traditions do you celebrate with your family? I’d love to know what awesome gifts you got this year! And what you have planned for the New Year.