By Arleen M. Kaptur
The Holiday Season - when everyone "believes" in
Santa Claus and there is joy and happiness in the air. However, you may
say, the world does not just change overnight and become this wonderful,
magical place because of the Christmas Season.
No, of course not, but
there is a vitality in everyone's step, a few more smiles, and
get-togethers, and you can even tolerate those family parties,
where everyone tries to keep the peace and enjoy themselves.
change, or rather the transformation, from the mundane to the exciting is
in your heart and in your spirit. If you are not singing a Christmas Carol
in your heart, then even the glistening snow and the bell-ringers on the
corner will not bring a smile to your face. There is a saying that each
person is responsible for their own happiness and that should include
Christmas Cheer. If you go to a party with a "just another get
together that I won't enjoy but I have to go to" then that is exactly what
it will become. If Uncle Louie gives you that great big bear hug that you
hated as a child and you sneer through clenched teeth, "Hi, Uncle Louie"
then the party will be spoiled - for you - not Uncle Louie who will
bear-hug everyone like he always does.
Bottom line - enjoy the Season even
if you have to "pretend" at first - but then something magical will
happen. You will not be pretending any more and the true Christmas Spirit
will warm your soul and the radiance will warm all those around you. It is
up to you - so why not enjoy the Season and laugh and smile a little bit
more, shake hands like you really mean it, and be the Christmas Star to
a fellow relative, neighbor, or even stranger who just needed a "nudge" to
get into the mood and enjoy the Holidays. A warm glow will permeate your
holiday activities and you will see that spark in your eyes, and a spring
in your step.
Much nicer for you and everyone
around you. ENJOY!
20 Ways to Warm Up Your Winter Nest
Here are some ways to
make your home a warm and inviting shelter this winter: