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Holiday Hoopla

Hello everyone, it's time to write another post for The Insecure Writer's Support Group, hosted by the gracious Alex J. Cavanaugh,   I hoped to publish this earlier today, but as usual, my hectic schedule interfered.  Best laid plans...

Although Andy Williams describes Christmas as "The most wonderful time of the year," there are occasions when  I forget the reason this is true.   Long  lines filled with frustrated customers suck the joy out of shopping.  In addition, I feel overwhelmed by the whole gift giving process. It's difficult to find gifts that everyone will like.  All the hoopla during the holiday is draining.

Today, while standing in the mall and stressing over who to buy what for, my attention was drawn to the sound of carolers at the lower level.  Without haste, I made my way to the music, and as I stood there, listening to the joyful sounds, my spirits were immediately lifted.  In those moments,  it occurred to me that I had focused so much on the negative ,I had forgotten the true meaning behind the holiday.  

 This is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ.  To remember His message of peace and goodwill to men.  This is a time to enjoy family and friends, to show loved ones how much I care.  It doesn't matter whether I do so by giving them a present or a hug, what matters is I do it.   Last, but certainly not least,  Christmas is a time to slow down and appreciate the blessings in our life, something I had forgotten to do. 

 My apologies if this post comes off as preachy, or even a little scroogy.  I intended to publish a different topic, but my muse took me somewhere else.  Did anyone else get caught up in the hoopla ?  Have any of  you had an experience that made you appreciate the season?  If so, I'd be interested to know about it.   Until next time, happy writing my friends.   


  1. Not Scroogie at all, Andrea, and I'm happy to comment on an uncomfortable subject. I don't think it's the material side that's disappointing - but the demonisation of innocent gestures, sentiments and images isn't in the right spirit. Well, I don't think so. What can be more innocent than a proud Mum photographing her daughter as the Virgin Mary? Who decided that was no longer acceptable? Oh, and candy canes have been banned here - for being dangerous! I ask you - Wishing you love and Goodwill this Christmas.

  2. Candy canes--Seriously??? I think religion has become such a sensitive subject, that many people are not omfortable discussing it. The saddest part is, religion-Christ's birth is the very reason for the Christmas holiday. Seems like some people have forgotten that.

  3. It's very easy to forget why we celebrate Christmas, even if we know Christ for who he is; all the activity pulls us into its vacuum. Thanks for the reminder!


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