Christmas is a time that holds different meanings and importance to people. Whether its focus is religion, family, getting drunk, having time off work, or a time to break that diet, I think there is one part of Christmas that is part of everyone’s: giving.
Now, this can be interpreted different ways. One of my favourite parts of Christmas is buying the perfect present for friends and family. In return, they give me (hopefully!) that amazing reaction of surprise and joy. Of course, I’m not saying I don’t like receiving gifts (who doesn’t?) I thoroughly enjoy that part of the giving too. Again,I hope that I give pleasure in my reaction. The gift exchange isn’t about money spent, but that joy of giving someone something to make them happy.
Of course Christmas isn’t all about gifts. But I believe this theme of “giving” runs throughout. We give people happiness; we give people food (more happiness in my opinion!); we give people our time; we may give to charity; we give people our thoughts – through a Christmas card perhaps. Additionally, we all know the art of compromise at this time off year. So, “giving in” a little may be on the cards too.
Naturally, no Christmas or family is perfect, so we may “give” people a piece of our mind too! Finally, it’s vital that you give to yourself. Whether that’s peace and quiet, time with friends, time to read, or just do what you want to do.
Have a lovely Christmas of giving!