I love the Christmas season! I love when it gets colder outside and the first snowflakes show themselves. I love how the wold is covered in a blanket of festive cheer and cheerful decorations wherever you look. Every year, mostly already at end of October (if I’m very eager) or the beginning of November, the Christmas decorations find their way out of my basement into the apartment. And setting up and decorating the Christmas tree is probably one of my favorites when it comes to decorating. This year, I’ve also found my passion for baking and so baking Christmas cookies has already brought me lots of joy, especially to share those with people I love. And not to forget the Christmas movies I’ve already watched this year that transport the holiday spirit straight into my festive living room. Christmas in itself is the highlight as I get to spend time with the people I love, but also get to come back to my roots as I reflect about the year past and think about what I’d like to do, learn, experience and achieve in the year to come. Not to forget the Christmas markets with all their beautiful smells and the food we get to enjoy each holiday season with our loved ones.
How does the Christmas holidays look like for you? Do you have or take the time to do the things you truly enjoy and love? Or is it mostly hectic, heading from one appointment to the next without being able to slow down and just be?
„Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.“Editorial of the New York Sun
This is my favorite Christmas quote, as it shows that this time of the year is about a feeling that we get to believe in and choose again every year. I choose to believe in the magic of Christmas that I find in the people around me filled with love each year. So I hope that you feel the Christmas spirit this year and if you see anyone lacking a bit of that spirit, that you help them remember what this season is about.
As far as I’m concerned, Christmas isn’t really about the presents (although I do enjoy a surprise as much as the next girl!). There are presents worth so much more than their weight in money and Christmas is the time to realize that.
Here are some of the precious things you can give (and receive) this year that don’t cost a thing:
- Forgiveness is something that you not only give to someone else, but first and foremost to yourself, as you learn that by not forgiving you’re only hurting yourself.
- Everyone deserves compassion, understanding and kindness. More compassionate people also make for happier people! So I encourage you to not only give this gift to the people around you, but also to yourself! And let’s try to keep that spirit beyond the Christmas season!
- Giving your heart to someone is one of the most precious gifts you give. So choose wisely and do it over and over again. It’s not only the most wonderful compliment that you can give someone, but today, the world simply needs more love! Being loved by someone for who you are is one of the most beautiful gifts and feelings there is.
- Giving back, may that be in time (your most precious commodity), money, holiday cheer or a smile will not only brighten someone else’s day, but it’ll make you happy! Scientific research has shown that people who are willing to help others tend to lead happier lives. When you’re on the receiving end of this and someone spends time with you, know how precious and valuable this gift is, as the time we can give truly is finite.
- Just don’t forget about yourself in the process. Because self-love is the most treasured gift that you can give to yourself and is also the most important relationship that you’ll ever have. Treat yourself with as much respect as you would treat a friend or your partner. Because you deserve it!
„And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‚till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t thought of before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.“Dr. Suess
May your Christmas mean a little bit more this year, be extra special, filled abundantly with love, wonderful people, delicious food, lots of warmth and valuable moments in time.