Please Remember Christmas Is A Time Of Kindness And Generosity

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Paul Green

Christmas is meant to be a warm and accepting holiday, one which includes snowy blizzards and comfy cozy fireplaces to shield you from such a storm. All the beautiful and elegant lights are meant to make you step back and just admire the beauty surrounding you. The music is meant to celebrate the birth of Christ and make you feel something special inside. For me, this has always been the case. I love everything about Christmas and its general vibe! I anticipate it every year much like I did when I was a child. My parents are not rich by any means, but they have always gone out of their way to make our Christmas holidays feel like something special. I have always been tremendously thankful for that, and aside from all my personal excitement, I also revel in the gift giving aspect. I love making people feel special and seeing their appreciative facial expressions as they excitedly tear open their gifts. There is just something extra satisfying about seeing those you love light up in thankfulness!

I cannot believe that Christmas is now right around the corner! When I was younger, my parents always told me that time moves faster as you get older. Of course, being young at the time and itching to become an adult, it was my assumption that time moved at the pace of a snail. However, now that I am 33, I see what they were talking about! If you are not careful, time will just keep going and slip between your fingers without hesitation!

We are no doubt in the kindness season. The season where you should go out of your way to get the door for someone who is struggling with it. The time of the year when you respond to the ringing of the bell and donate to the Salvation Army. The time of the year when you give a nice warm blanket to the homeless man who sits under the bridge year after year with nothing in his possession but a shopping cart with a rusty wheel & a torn and tattered book sack which has certainly seen better days!

It is wonderful that we, as the more fortunate section of society decide to do this during “the giving back” portion of the year. I am not going to discount that fact at all. However, I believe that we should take the initiative to do these sorts of things not only at Christmas, but all year long!

After all, this world is so dark and dismissive. There are even times when it appears it is opaque, and I wonder if we are ever going to be able to readjust our eyes to the ever-feared darkness. We hear stories of murders and crazy heinous crimes every day! It is typical of a society to have dysfunction of course and there is a real need for mental health treatment. This has been a long-standing issue. I understand that the notion of peace and kindness will not make all the horrible things go away. I am well aware that we just can’t wave a magic wand and make everyone in society behave accordingly. However, to some, a kind word or gesture may save a life!

You never know what someone may be going through. Maybe someone is stuck in an abusive situation and is only torn down repeatedly by their supposed partner. A “You’re beautiful” compliment may be the perfect thing that they need to hear! Maybe someone is always taunted by the devil on their shoulder and has begun to believe everything negative that has been ingrained in their mind. A simple “Keep going!” or “You can do it!” may help them more than you realize. It seems so ordinary and so simplistic to most of us, but to those less fortunate, it can seriously alter their lives!

The moral of this article and story is to go the extra mile to be kind to others. If you can afford it, pay for someone’s meal at a fast food establishment in addition to yours. Tell those whom you love that you love them often! You never know when you will no longer have the opportunity to tell them how you feel! Be kind at Christmas and always. After all, it costs nothing to be a good person! TC mark

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