Christmas is a difficult time, and it takes a while for me to get into the swing of things. The House on the Hill is not decorated, and the Christmas Tree won’t eventually find its way to the living room. There is no wreath on the door, no lights on the porch, and no presents to be wrapped.
Basically, it’s a typical Friday night at The House on the Hill. Since that’s the case, let’s head out to the Think Tank where visions of Deep Thoughts can dance in our heads.
I’ll ask the interns to get us some eggnog. Please join me in decking the halls with tons of Deep Thoughts. Fa la la la la la la la la…
This week’s topic: Christmas is supposed to be about giving. Do you have a special cause that you like to support during the Holiday Season?
We can put up all the Holiday lights and decorations we want, but that’s still not enough to mask the ugly scars that mar our planet’s once beautiful features.
When I start to feel bad for myself or stress out about the direction in which society is headed, I try to change my perspective by thinking about those who are less fortunate than I. If I fill my Deep Thoughts with the the troubles of others, rather than obsessing on my own trivial issues, I am able to come up with a plan for being a positive in a situation that has become far too negative.
Instead of focusing on why Christmas has lost its magic, I’ve come up with ways to spread some of the Joy that used to fill my heart with wonder as a kid.
Tonight, I went grocery shopping with two lists. One was for what the kitties and I needed for the week, and the other was for the food drive we are having at work for the local homeless shelter and families in need.
I had intended to pick up a few items for the food drive, but by the time I left the store, I had bought enough to pack one of my reusable shopping bags. The weight of that bag lightened my mood, and made me excited about going to work on Monday to add my donations to what my coworkers have already collected.
Earlier this week, I went through my closets and filled a large bag with clothing that I donated to the homeless shelter. Winters can be so harsh in Maine, and I knew that the shirts and jacket I donated would definitely help people in need.
I will also write a check this weekend to The Bangor Humane Society so that local kitties and dogs in need can have a Happy Holiday Season until they find their forever homes.
It’s easy to get down and feel bad for myself during the Holidays, but to be honest, the reason my Christmas is blue is my own fault. Helping those in need during the Holidays reminds me that Christmas is about giving.
The world is a little less frightening when my inner Santa Claus is hard at work.
I hope you are all having a Happy Holiday Season!