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3 Things To Remember This Holiday Season ~ Family, Friends and Giving Back.

Hard to believe it is almost here, that holiday season we wait for all year. The time to take a break from work, spend a little more time with family and friends, and just relax and enjoy the most important things in life, the reasons we work so hard.

So as you get ready to wind your business down, and take a few days off, I want to share a few thoughts about what makes the holiday season so enjoyable.

When I was a child, I used to love the holiday season, that time of year that I defined as running from Thanksgiving through Christmas straight on to the New Year.   I loved it because, for me, it was the only time of the year when things slowed down, and the busy world around me seemed to stop.

My father would close his office the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and would not work a full week again until after the official start of the New Year. My mother would stop hosting garden club, organizing charity functions, and doing almost all household chores that were not directly related to the holidays.

As for my brothers, sister and I, all of our extracurricular activities would ground to a halt. Football practice, boy scouts and key club, all took a break. No dance class, no cheerleading and no time for flute and piano lessons.

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”
~ Margaret Thatcher

The only things we focused on that time of year were family, friends and giving back. Our days filled with taking presents to friends, visits to Santa, and the official family hike to find and cut down our Christmas tree. Then there were Holiday parties, decorating our home in Christmas decor, and the “giving back” activities on which my mother always insisted.

It seems life is so much busier these days, and it makes me laugh to even compare our schedules back then to now. However, I think the blessing of the holiday season is the same. It is that one time of year we have permission to put our cell phones down, not answer every email, and focus on what is most important in our lives.

3 Things To Remember This Holiday Season~ Family, Friends and Giving Back.

  1. Family – however, you define it. Those people in your life for which you are most grateful. Find more time this holiday season to spend time with them, and create the memories that will carry you through the rest of the year. The laughter of the holiday season always makes me smile.
  2. Friends – lifelong and new. Create the time to connect or reconnect with those relationships in your life that you value. Do something special for those friends who love and support you.
  3. Giving Back – and most importantly giving back. Create the opportunities to participate in philanthropic activities and make a difference in your communities. Giving is the true spirit and meaning of the holiday season.

Yes, I love the holiday season for both the memories I possess and those I will create with my family and friends. Wishing you all a beautiful and very happy holiday season!