I'm sure many of us are looking forward to spending time with family, enjoying holiday cheer, and having a much-needed break from all the chaos.
The holidays are meant to be filled with joy, a sense of awe, and merriment.
I love this time of year because things quiet down a bit for me. I read Christmas novels while I gaze at the twinkling Christmas tree lights.
My two brothers and their families come into town, and we enjoy gift-giving, practical jokes, games, and lots of laughter.
People are expected to be happy and thankful this time of year, but I also want to acknowledge those who struggle during the holidays because this time of year can be hard or stressful.
How might we be supportive of those who struggle this time of year?
Showing gentleness to yourself and perhaps others who might be struggling goes a long way.
Placing a gift on the porch of someone you know who might not be receiving much this Christmas. I have a friend who can be quite lonely, and she's had a hard life. Each year, I place Bath & Body Works lotions in a Christmas bag for her to remind her that she's valued and one of the best people I know.
For people who are grieving a recent loss, you might ask what they need to feel supported. Or maybe a simple gesture such as a handmade card or a phone call.
Some people are just trying to make it through the holiday and the New Year, and they are doing their best. If this is you, I'm sending you a virtual hug and letting you know you are not alone.
May we all try to give to those who are in less fortunate positions while also allowing ourselves to feel the goodness and blessings of our life.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas.