In Light of the Holidays

The holidays are approaching, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just the beauty that is Winter, the holidays should mean more.
More than decorations.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love decorating for the holidays as much as the next girl , but that isn’t what the holidays should be about.

More than recieving gifts.

Now I know that we were all naive children once; I know that we all have wanted gifts more than anything else, but we have to grow up. The holidays are about so much more.

No less than love, giving, and “-ness.”

The holidays should be about spending time with your loved ones, forgiveness, thankfulness, happiness, and giving.

Spend time with your loved ones because you are going to miss it when it’s gone. Time doesn’t last forever, and you should spend it with the people that truly care about you.

Forgiveness. This one is tricky. It’s tricky because as humanity, we have never been good at forgiving. We hold grudges, we place blame, and we don’t forgive. This holiday season lets change that. I’m forgiving the people that have done wrong by me, and I hope that you will find it in your heart to do the same.

Thankfulness. Stop feeling sorry for yourself for your bad grades, hard breakup, lack of money, etc. It makes you miserable. Instead, focus on the good things that you have in your life and how great they are. I’m the worst when it comes to this one. I just went through a pretty bad breakup and I was feeling bad for a long time, but I’m not anymore. I have a great life and I’m so thankful for it.

Happiness. Do what makes you happy! This one is my favorite. If you want to go ice skating over the holidays.. Do that. If you want to lay in bed and watch Hallmark movies… Do that. Do whatever makes you happy this holiday season because you never know when it could be your last. Be adventurous, or don’t.. It doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks.

Giving. Always give more than you receive. You have so much to offer the world whether it be money, service, or support. You have the ability to make so many people very happy over the holidays and the rest of the year. DO THAT. Give back to the community, and help in any way that you can. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, buy gifts for needy kids, buy hot chocolate and a blanket for a homeless person, etc. Be the person that you were intended to be and never stop giving back.

And always…

Stay golden,

Emily.

 

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