The Secret of Christmas

Christmas is a magical time of the year. Activities that we would not normally think of doing become new routines. We unselfishly face crowds and long lines in search of the perfect gift. We line up to see the Christmas windows and lights in the city. We spend hours shopping and decorating our homes with festive lights and Christmas trees.

We buy treats for the neighbors, goodies for work and desserts for the parties that start in November and last through New Year’s Day. Some of us actually start baking! We begin yearly traditions of decorating cookies and gingerbread houses, going ice-skating and singing Christmas carols.

We brave long lines and delayed flights to visit family. We take vacations and we spend time with friends. For some of us it is the only time of the year that we attend church.

The holiday season has officially ended now, and a lot of the Christmas decorations have been taken down. The harsh reality of a long winter is ahead of us. This does not mean that we should forget the wonderful memories and the feeling of Christmas.

I believe the Secret of Christmas, as it says in the song, “is not the things you do at Christmas time, but the Christmas things you do all year through.”

Make a New Year’s resolution now to enjoy the spirit of Christmas every day. Enjoy good food with family and friends. Surprise someone with a card or a special gift “just because”. Look forward to a well-deserved vacation. Slow down and count your blessings.

Every day is magical if we just take time to notice. Make Time for Chocolate.