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Meaningful ways to celebrate the joys of the season

Thanksgiving is a delicious memory, Black Friday is in yesterday’s shadows, and December is here ushering in the holiday and Christmas season. 
 
Most of us look forward to the holidays as a time to share with family and friends; and to rekindle that childhood feeling of innocence and wonder that accompanies this time of the year. The season is an opportunity to reflect upon the important and special meaning and joys of the holidays.
 
It is a season that is meant for all of us; a time to discover something spiritual and wonderful in the people who fill your life and make it special. Beyond the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the stockings hanging from the mantle, whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs, the universal message and understanding is that we are celebrating something very extraordinary.
 
One of the joys of the season can be found in sharing what we have with others. A true expression of the holiday spirit is to reach out to those in need—the hungry, sick or homeless, as well as those who are alone, depressed, or distraught. The true warmth of happiness and joy of the season is experienced by reaching out and helping others. 
There are countless ways in which to help. Taylor Caldwell said it best: “This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.”
 
While celebrating the joys of the most magnificent season of all—take a moment and realize that the real secret of the Christmas season is that the love and joy of the holiday season is about the love and joy we share with one another. 
 
Each of us, and the love we have to give, are what makes this world special, not just during the holidays but throughout the year.
 
Debbie Henry is Executive Director of The TMA Group; and Associate Executive Director of Leadership Franklin.
 
 

Posted on: 12/8/2013

 
 

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