I received the best gift this Christmas when my son Malachi was born. If you caught my last newsletter I talked about how any moment I would be a dad again and I shared what my unborn child was teaching me about life. I talked about the number one belief that can stop you from being all that you can be. You can read that article by clicking here.
Now that Christmas is here I felt inspired to share some thoughts about this season and the gift of Christmas. But Christmas isn’t always an easy time of year for people either. It is supposed to be a time of joy, family, celebration of Jesus birth, happiness and giving but for some, it is not ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.’ At the end, I share a video about finding joy in the midst of hardships during Christmas. Lastly – I have a special gift that I’m preparing for you as a thank you for taking continuing to journey with me on this Life Purpose and Abundance Newsletter!
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
~Norman Wesley Brooks – “Let Every Day Be Christmas”
Today’s Christmas is a mass market frenzy of materialism. Starting sometime in early November all the way until December 25th, the shelves are littered with reminders that Christmas is about buying and receiving cool expensive stuff as you rack up thousands of dollars in debt for only a brief wisp of happiness.
It’s easy to get caught up in the joy of materialism. Yet what’s lost amidst the endless amounts of shopping is what makes Christmas such a special time of year – the ability to spend time with friends and family.
What Christmas Really Means in its Heart
How many of the gifts that you received as a child do you remember? How many of them do you still use today? If receiving gifts was what made Christmas so important, then the gifts themselves would still play a prominent role in your life. Now, most of those gifts are gone – either in a closet or sold at a garage sale. And yet, despite the loss of presents, Christmas still feels so important. So magical. Something about Christmas makes it one of the happiest times of the year, even though the gifts we receive end up being lost or forgotten soon after.
Family – The True Christmas Gift of the Holidays
It is because of the time we spend with family that gives Christmas its true meaning. Family is what makes this holiday different than something like a birthday or a housewarming party. Family makes this holiday a celebration of being together and gives you the opportunity to create new memories and renew your emotional bond.
The Gifts We Get Every Day From Our Family
Christmas is a time to remember the gifts that family and friends have brought into our lives. Gifts like:
Finding Joy in the Midst of Hardships this Christmas Season
If you want to find joy in the midst of hardships this Christmas Season then check out this video. In this video, I share strategies to find more joy even when you have had hardships this year.