I have always loved this time of year. Yes I spend way too much money, yes, I always end up finding myself the perfect gift when I'm struggling to find the perfect one for others, and yes! it takes SOOO long to get ANYWHERE due to the hustle and bustle of the season. But there is such beauty in all of that.
I love seeing the streets busy with people and cars all going to the stores to get gifts for others or on their way to a party to celebrate the season. I love the music, the decor, the lights. One of my favorite things to do in the evenings is drive around town looking at the festive homes.
A favorite memory of mine around Christmas was when I was about 10 years old. We had fallen into some serious financial problems and didn't have too much at the time. One night we all went out to do one thing or another and when we returned our entire family room/kitchen area was decorated to the hilt with gorgeous Christmas decorations: place mats, table clothes, candles, bows, evergreen trees, throw blanket, little Santa and Reindeer...this facelift of our home instantly brought in the spirit of Christmas. It was beautiful. I don't remember what gifts we got that year or what we didn't get. I do remember feeling so lucky that someone had seen the need of our family and come to our aid. Those decorations continued to go up year after year and always brought a feeling of peace into my heart.
I realize that I too can spread this same joy to others. I have picked Sub 4 Santa names and items off trees here and there from the gym or mall and it is such a good feeling to know that I can bring that same feeling of happiness I received as a child for someone else in need.