Tis the season! Christmas, for me, is the best time of the year because I get to go home and be with loved ones I haven’t seen in months. I found a quote from Burton Hillis that hits home. “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” There are certain things that really keep me in the Christmas mood, aside from the most important that some people forget to celebrate, the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas mass is one of the largest, most decorated and beautiful masses of the year. It also celebrates a season of giving, and I make a valiant effort to give personal and homemade gifts, giving more of experiences not unneeded things. What really keeps me going though is the music, movies and activities throughout the month.
I am a sucker for Christmas music and listen to it a lot during the month of December, but am not one of those people who turn it on right after the Thanksgiving meal. Sheesh! I listen to the classics like Burl Ives, Jackson 5, Elvis, Eartha Kitt and Wham, but really love the songs from artists like Kenny G, Mariah Carey, Babyface, Whitney Houston, Boyz 2 Men and Michael Buble. [Insert joke about my music preference here]. Also, because of my interests in social good, charitable efforts and a global perspective coupled with my enthusiasm of Christmas cheer, one of my favorite songs is by Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas (video). Here are some lyrics, to keep things in perspective this Christmas.
“And in our world of plenty
we can spread a smile of Joy
Throw your arms around the world
at Christmas time.”
“Where nothing ever grows
No rain or rivers flow
Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?”
Movies are another part of me during the winter season, especially my favorite of all time – Elf. I mean, who doesn’t believe that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear? And, what better things are there to do than making snow angels for two hours, going iceskating and eating a whole toll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as you can? Will Ferrell definitely makes Christmastime much more humorous and passes smiles along.
I truly hope everyone enjoys their holiday season and can celebrate it with the ones who are closet to your heart! Be merry.