The festive season is upon us once again.
I have long pondered the reason why some people enjoy all the season has to offer while others find it so hectic, stressful and depressing.
Is it unfulfilled expectations? Is that the reason? Or disappointment in love and life? Maybe it's the inability to forgive and forget the past. People are not born to be Scrooges. Has the climb up the corporate ladder made you weary and disenchanted? Are the holidays lost in commercialism? Has the joy hidden itself so completely that you can't locate it, even for a moment?
When and why did Christmas become such a chore?
One version of the season is a story about a child, the saviour, being born in a manger and saving the world. The other side concerns a jolly, benevolent being that delivers presents to every child in the world, in one night, in a sleigh with flying reindeer. How on earth did these two completely unrelated versions of the season become intermingled into an accepted way to celebrate? Most people took these two versions and concluded that Christmas was all about love and family, and that they would experience more joy by giving than receiving.
Why would anyone allow such a joyous season to create pressure and stress in their lives? Your life is what you make it. Don't waste it by taking the most wonderful time of the year and destroying it with pressure and stress. Make up your mind to enjoy all the excitement and fun of tree decorating, caroling, baking and shopping. Christmas can be whatever you want it to be. Decide to be happy, it is a choice. The joy is still there.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.... see you in 2016 - Joy To The World!