In an ideal world, what type of Christmas, could you see yourself having? Are there Pinterest decorations everywhere, does the smell of a fresh-cut pine tree overtake your home, is your dog wearing a santa hat, are you opening perfectly wrapped gifts, or are you simply spending time with your loved ones? Christmas is arguably the most commonly celebrated holiday in America. People have fallen in love with the idea of Christmas. The thought of making memories with loved ones, decorating, and eating an almost unhealthy amount of food, is what many love about the season. For others, though, they love the opportunity to give to others and spread the holiday cheer.
The basis of holiday cheer isn’t over materialistic things, it’s being surrounded by loved ones and taking time out to appreciate the things you have, not the things you want. The holidays can bring many stresses, whether it be completing that big project at work before the beginning of the year, or finding the perfect gift for your loved one, or unfortunately, whether or not you’ll be able to afford that toy that your child has been begging for all year. The stress of the holiday season can be difficult to overcome. But, if we all remember that the intangible gifts are often the best ones. Toys break, clothes wear out, gift cards are spent, but memories last forever. The time you spend with the people you love will be cherished long after those gifts have been forgotten. The traditions that you start, or continue, this year will last a lifetime.
Being on the road away from your family is very difficult, especially during the holidays. That is why it is so important to make the most of every minute that you have with your family. Don’t waste time arguing over finances or fighting about who burned the holiday ham or who has the better football team. Enjoy one another’s company and take the time for traditions.
Whatever your family tradition is, whether it be having a snow ball fight or a Christmas day football game, baking cookies, playing board games, or simply watching your favorite holiday movie, keep those traditions close to your heart and make time for them every year. Any day with your family can be a holiday. Sharing laughter and memories and making the most of the time you have with your loved ones is the real Christmas miracle.