Thoughts · Traditional Values

The Gift Of Family: The Best Of All

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Merry Christmas everyone and I hope you are all having a happy holidays!

It’s been a busy rush around during this time of year, which is why I am always on the down-low in December, I apologise for that! Like I said, I get most of the preparations done before the month even begins, so what am I busy with when it’s actually December?

Getting some quality time with my family, with my interests, purposely staying away from social media and the internet when I can to have time to relax and enjoy. Don’t mistake it, I am not one of those anti-technology people who hate on the younger generations for being on their phones all the time. I do think there is an issue there, though I won’t address it here since I have a very multi-faceted view of it.

What I truly mean is that the holiday season is the best time of the year to have some quieter time to enjoy with the people you love. To take a break from most of everything else.

This is what I love the most about Christmas. The cheer in the atmosphere is beautiful, the presents are a great thing to look forward to, yet the best?

The best part is that the world stops most of what they’re doing for a little while to (once the Christmas shopping is done!) be with family. Be with friends. It is the time of year where it is encouraged for people to take the time off to just enjoy each other’s presence. I know not everyone does it, though in most of the West and many other countries where Christmas is huge, a majority of the population celebrates the holiday season.

What does it all mean for me?

It’s just like what Bing Crosby said in his rendition of It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, ‘the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be on your own front door’.

It means at the end of another year, we are still here and we’ve made it through another. We are here to enjoy time with each other at home, appreciate one another and be thankful for everything. Thankful for presents and for a lovely time together.

Today is Boxing Day in Australia, it is a national holiday where there are a lot of sales in nearly all stores and malls, meant for the leftover stock after Christmas. It’s like Black Friday in America being the shopping holiday of Australia. People come early and leave late to get all the best sales and go home with bags and bags of stuff.
Many of you have read some of my posts and know I do not support materialism, I believe living a life of simpler contentment (you can treat yourself every now and then of course – though contentment is the goal). I will not, however, tell people what to do and refrain from Boxing Day, like I am now. Enjoy yourselves during this holiday.

Aside from all the fun Christmas shopping though, remember that there is also fun to be had being with those who love you and are happy to be here with you now. Appreciate the great discounts and new items, though also appreciate that you have made it through another year and you can spend a few days not worrying about too much and just being close to the people who make you happy.

So either way, whether you go out for Boxing Day or not next year, you’ll always get a great deal.

A great deal of love and joy.

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