Christmas is a magical time of the year, a time when people are more compelled to give and to show kindness, maybe more than any time of the year. We find ourselves donating when we are shopping and see the pail and a volunteer ringing a bell. We donate to our churches, and to many worthy organizations. We open our hearts and allow ourselves to experience emotions that we don’t always acknowledge. Even a scrooge can melt at Christmas and find themselves fulfilling a child’s needs and the dreams of others.
Magical moments are experienced through songs, plays, movies. Love and romance is often in the air. Signs of new beginnings are everywhere. Christmas music, twinkling lights and bright stars quicken our hearts as we gaze in wonderment.
We allow ourselves to dream and to wish for our heart’s desires. We leave hints for our loved ones, so they are aware of what our wishes are. Such as a catalog or sales ad, open to the page with the gift we desire circled in bright red, or other subtle hints.
The Naughty and Nice list reminds us as children and adults that we better behave and do what is expected of us so that we can have these items that we wish for. Remember being a child and hearing from your parents or grandparents, to be good and Santa Claus will bring you toys? Well, it tends to carry over to adulthood. We think that if we do what others expect of us that we will be rewarded. Our main focus should be to do good things and consider other people and our actions at all times and we will reward ourselves. Other people and material things should not be what our happiness depends upon, or we will disappoint others and we will be disappointed.
My grandparents and parents always did their best to provide my sister and myself with all the gifts we had mentioned that we wanted for Christmas but they also made sure that we went to church and that we knew the true meaning of Christmas. They instilled values so that we knew the importance of Giving not just of Receiving. The real gifts were us all being together, the laughter and the memories made. Those are gifts that we will have with us always.
The best gifts that we were given were the family gatherings and the memories that were made. When the material gifts that you want are long gone the true gifts will remain in your heart to treasure forever. Remember the true meaning of Christmas.
The real magic is the love and sharing.
Mark your calendars for these events in December:
12/6: Organ Concert at Firehouse Pipes
12/7: Light up the Night 5K
12/8: Holiday at the Mansion
12/12: Christmas in the City
12/14: Annual Chamber of Commerce Take Out Chicken Fundraiser (tickets available 11/13)
12/14: Community Christmas presents a children’s Christmas program featuring a magician at 1:30 p.m. at Hoosier Place in Union City, Ind. This event is free to the public.
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” ~Roy L. Smith
“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” ~Burton Hillis
“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” ~Janice Maeditere
Victoria Horsley is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Union City community column. She can be reached by calling 937-467-3945 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Victoria@victoriasviewphotography.com. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.