The Christmas Spirit

I love Christmas. I love it for so many reasons and don’t know where to start listing them out. The music, the decorations, the food, the presents, the traditions, the time with loved ones – I could go on forever, baby. And we can’t forget about the Christmas Spirit – the good ole feeling you get deep down inside that just makes you want to be a little kinder to those around you.

I’ve been thinking about it over the past few days. Like everything else, it’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas. Not just for what it does to me, but I get to see how it affects other people. It’s incredible to see even in a modern world where we strive to divide ourselves as much as possible, for a few weeks out of the year we can look past all that and just remember we’re all in this together.

But why should that feeling of unity and goodwill towards each other end with the season? If we’re able to come together in the name of peace and goodwill for a few weeks, why not for a few months? Why not for the year?

It makes me believe peace and unity in the world is possible – we just have to make it so. And we do have the capability of doing so – we prove it in the last month of the year every year. So why not keep it going? When Christmas comes around, we find it easy to be a bit nicer to each other, and treat each other with a little more respect and generosity. Maybe we donate a little more to a charity. We don’t get as angry driving if someone cuts us off. Maybe we make an effort to spend more time with friends we haven’t seen in a while.

But there’s no reason we can’t do those things all throughout the year. There’s no reason that sense of peace and goodwill towards men needs to go away. We can have less strife, less division, less anger in the world and replace it with peace, hope and love – we just have to choose to do so. So when the Christmas season ends this year, what will you choose?

 

 

Photo by Hide Obara on Unsplash

 

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