Each year, I am reminded that the period between the middle of November and the end of the year is a time when people manage to escape from the burdens of their hectic lives and immerse themselves into the festiveness of the season.
It is a time filled with parties and get-togethers and of exchanging gifts. We see opened boxes of candies and trays of homemade sweets available to all in the workplace to share. We offer gifts to co-workers, hairdressers, barbers, and others as a means to show our appreciation for the effect they have in our daily lives and that they are in our thoughts. Families manage to congregate in a common location for the annual get-togethers.
Even though we are currently experiencing some difficult economic times, people still take the time and effort to extend greetings of the season. We offer sayings like “Did you have a nice Thanksgiving” or “Have a happy and safe holiday season and a prosperous New Year” to be followed after the new year with “What did you do for the holidays?”
At this time of year, no matter what your circumstances are, people seem to reach down within themselves and see the best of things. Perhaps it is something about the “holiday season” that gives people a sense of happiness and goodwill toward others. We seem to rekindle family bonds through current pictures of the families, stories of the children and telephone conversations that seem to get placed on the “back burner” the rest of the year.
This season of well-wishing, giving, and togetherness comes at a time when daylight is with us for the fewest number of hours each day or skies are overcast sometimes treating us to falling raindrops. You might expect that these conditions would lead to grumpy attitudes but instead, smiles appear on people’s faces as they enjoy the happiness of the season.
I know I feel the need to demonstrate my appreciation of those who have been special in my life during the past year. Wishing others the best of the holidays takes little effort yet says a lot. And if by doing so someone’s spirits are uplifted by receiving a greeting, we are all better for it. I would like to think that taking the time to express that appreciation to others is but a part of the makeup of the human spirit.
I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy and safe holiday season and a prosperous New Year.
I would appreciate your comments on this and other issues by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 31, 2008
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