“Christmas is here everywhere.
Christmas is here is you care.
If there is love in your heart and your mind,
You will feel like Christmas all the time.”
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Last year I created Christmas cheer. I needed it. I needed a year to recover. I needed a reason to get my mind off life’s curve balls and back on to the reason for the season.
This year, I am grateful for peace. I am grateful for normal. I am grateful that my biggest worry is which paycheck I will use to cover which gift. I am grateful for a decluttered Christmas schedule.
In searching out the source of this newly discovered peace, I found that peace should always accompany the Christmas spirit. As a result, I should be able to carry Christmas all year long.
If I can carry peace, then I can carry Christmas. If I can live in peace, the I can live in a perpetual state of Christmas.
But how? How can I make this happen?
For anyone seeking to create a life filled with the Christmas spirit…
For anyone seeking a life filled with peace…
I offer you the simplest list I have ever dared to share:
Share what you have to offer with others. Walk in your purpose. Give your time. Give your money. Give your gifts – tangible and intangible. Give of yourself. Expect nothing in return.
2. Adopt an attitude of gratitude
Appreciate what life has given you. Yes, it has hurt you at times, but it had also made you smile. Mine has given me a loving husband, three beautiful children, a personality that oozes “merry and bright,” a community of friends, and so much more. One of my friends, Ruth at planted by living water, actually blogs once a day about why she is grateful. When you focus on what you have, you realize that you have all that you need for the moment.
I will end where I began, “when there is love in your heart and your mind, you will feel like Christmas all the time.” (Source). Love is always the answer. Love actually overflows into giving. It creates the attitude of gratitude.
Love came to earth in human form. We celebrate Him on Christmas day. Love died on a cross and rose three days later. Love wants to take up a permanent space in our lives from now until forever.
So whenever you lose your way, whenever you cannot find Christmas spirit, start giving. If you cannot find anything to give, start listing why you are grateful. If you cannot find any reason to be grateful, start loving. If you cannot find anyone to love, accept love. Embrace love. Know that you are loved.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
What are some ways that you carry the Christmas spirit year round?
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Check out some other pieces on the holidays:
- Minimalist Christmas Guide
- Decluttering Your Priorities this Minimalist Christmas
- 20 Ways to Create Christmas Cheer
- How to Give Back this Holiday Season
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