Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Value of Christmas

I have heard a lot on radio and TV that because of the economy so many people are so stressed out by this Christmas season that they would rather skip over it all together. This has made me think about the last 7 years that we have struggled financially. I remember how when the economy first started taking a dive it was kind of nice to hear people talking about budgets, and ways to DIY and thrift. It seemed like the world had come a notch down to my level.
In the 7 Christmas' I have share with Jones we have never gone without. Whether we were able to provide it for ourselves or by the hands of other people we have always had presents to open, food to eat, music to sing, loved ones around us and the strength and Joy that the season brings.

We have had years that our family was able to fulfill a tradition of going to cut down a tree. But there was one year that we didn't get a tree until the day after, when we took one from the curb of a store that was throwing them out, and last year we were given one to use.

No matter what our circumstances were, nothing seemed to change the fact that we have been given the gift of hope. We have been blessed with the gift of understanding peace. We know who we are, and we know our Savior.

I love Christmas and hope there is never a year I let monetary hardships take away hope and peace. I wish for that same spirit to be with those who feel like they can't find it. That they will find joy in the simple gifts that we can give each other. Say Merry Christmas when you see someone. If you can light lights on your home, do it. If you can carol, go caroling. The more you give the more you invite that spirit. One thing I have learned is that when you think you have nothing to give, there is always something.

We are not alone. You are not alone.

Merry Christmas

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