|Photo is from one of those Facebook Christmas Pages.|
One of my favorite "Marketing Mentor", Seth Godin, said that his favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because it's a "no gifts, no guilt" holiday. I perceive it as him saying that Christmas is a holiday where there is so much pressure about gift giving, that it creates guilt when you don't give. This kind of thinking, in my opinion, is sad, but not uncommon. I myself is guilty of feeling guilty when I couldn't give gifts to the people I'd love to give gifts to, and people who gives me gifts. People gets stressed on Christmas Season. While it's supposed to be a holiday filled with love and laughter, it's become a holiday filled with stress, anxiety and guilt.
It is up to us to make our own Christmas celebration right and true to what we think and believe it is about.
Last night I started listening to Christmas music on Youtube while I am folding laundry, and I found myself singing out loud and dancing. It was hilarious. But no one saw and it doesn't matter. I was singing and dancing because I loved it. It gave me so much joy. Singing Christmas songs gives me so much joy!
So I think I'd be doing that again tonight. Sing and dance Christmas.
The gift has already been given. It's the gift of "John 3:16". The guilt has already been taken away.
In this world where there is so much sadness, sorrows, anxiety and stress, Christmas is the time of the year when we can pause, and feel peace, love and pure joy. Not feeling it yet? Sing along with me. Let's start with Moriah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" That always gets me going. Just sayin'.
No gifts, no guilt. Just singin' and dancin'. Bring back the Christmas JOY.
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