The Meaning of Christmas To Me
I was born on December 28th and I have struggled with my birthday all my life. The struggle was not that I did not like Christmas. I have loved Christmas all my life. The struggle was that my birthday never seemed to be as special as Christmas. What makes Christmas so special to me?
When I was a little girl, I have so many memories of my family coming together to celebrate. My grandmother had one of those silver metallic trees with the rotating light. The light would shine on the metallic tree and it would change different colors. I remember the stories and the laughter the holiday season would bring to our family. By the time that I reached the age 25, I had lost both of my parents, grandparents and many of my aunts and uncles.
The lights of Christmas tree have always been so special to me. I love to turn out all the lights in the house except for the lights on the tree. When I decorate my trees, I tuck in the lights in the center of the tree and throughout all the tree branches. I enjoy being able to see through the magic of tree with the lights. There is something really special in sitting with the Christmas tree and allowing the magic of Christmas to really surround you in your space. When was the last time that you took some time to really sit with the magic of your tree? Do you remember the moment that you purchased or received the ornaments and decorations on your tree? What made them special to you?
Another way to connect with the lights of the season is to plan a night of checking out the holiday lights in your neighborhood. Here are some great steps to have a fun evening with the family or friends:
- Map out a plan of the neighbor.
- Invite your family and friends.
- Take time to pull out your travel mugs and make a fresh cup of cocoa, tea or coffee for the ride.
- If the weather is cold, bundle up and take some blankets and pillows with you.
- Find your favorite holiday music on the radio.
- Grab your phone and/or camera.
- Have fun and be a kid again.
What are your favorite holiday movies? I have lots of favorites and I really try to get a chance to watch them over the holidays. I love Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and The Santa Claus. The best evenings are the ones that you are cuddled up next to the fireplace, the lights are turned down and you have a fresh cup of cocoa and a great holiday movie. Have you ever made a list of your favorite holiday movies, so you can catch all of them during the season? Take some time this holiday to invite family and/or friends over to join you for a movie.
COOKIE & CANDIE EXCHANGES
For our bakers in the group, these can be so much fun. I have never been a great baker, but I have been lucky enough to have family and friends that did such an amazing job a baking and I got rewarded from their efforts. I have a special friend in Texas that bakes these amazing sugar cookies that are cut really thin and baked. I always prayer for a special tube of cookies and candies from her, because they are some of my favorite things of the holiday season.
Some families have these amazing traditions of meals. My family would have roast beef sandwiches on Christmas Eve. We always opened gifts together on Christmas Eve, so the families could celebrate their Santa Claus traditions on Christmas Day. I have occasionally followed that tradition with my daughters as well. My mother and grandmother would spend the day cutting up fruit for fruit salad and I have passed the tradition down to my children. The holiday does not seem to be the same without that fruit salad.
ADVENT WITH THE CHILDREN
My oldest daughter has created an amazing tradition with her children. She creates a holiday advent calendar with fun things and activities for the children. The advent allows the children to look forward to something every day that they are home for the season.
Some of the things that they do are:
- Watch a holiday movie
- Bake Christmas cookies
- Decorate Christmas cookies
- Receive a new pair of Christmas socks
- Ride around and see Christmas Lights
- Read a Christmas story
- Make a Christmas ornament
- Decorate the Christmas Tree
What can you do this holiday season with your children or grandchildren? Many of these are simple and fun events for the children, and the young at heart, in your family. These create some amazing memories.
My birthdays have not always been really great, but I have so many amazing memories of Christmas. Christmas to me is about the relationships in my life and how we spend time together. It is not about the gifts or the things that we receive. It is more about the simple things that remind us of the magic of the season.
I hope that you are truly blessed this holiday season!
Written by Vialet Rayne, Magical Creator of Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
Vialet has been on a healing path her whole life. She has been called a spiritual guardian that is strongly connected and highly intuitive. A teacher, coach, healer, and spiritual leader that dreams of a peaceful and harmonious world.
Her mission is to provide individuals with the tools and resources to discover their own healing powers within themselves so they may empower their own lives. Vialet's spiritual journey has provided her with everyday life rituals, experiences, and spiritual wisdom that allow her to overcome difficult situations and to create a life that she has always dreamed of.
Vialet wants everyone to discover their spiritual gifts in the tools and rituals that will improve their lives and the lives of their families. Find out more about her here.
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