So, it’s December 27th.
Christmas is over.
Hanukkah is over.
We are in the midst of Kwanzaa (it began Dec. 26 and ends on Jan. 1).
No matter what holiday you are celebrating/have celebrated, I am sure your (Facebook) feed has been inundated with pictures of “all the goods.”
And, frankly, it’s kind of appalling. (Do this anymore and I may have to block you).
Display your happiness through the friendships and relationships you have — through the people — not through the things that these people give you. Besides, by posting these materialistic things, who are you trying to impress anyway?
I was at the University Village (an outdoor shopping center) last night and numerous tags remained hanging on a wall. These were tags that had children’s “wishes” written on them. These are kids who probably were not going to be receiving much this holiday season. Many wanted toys but I was surprised by the number of them who were just asking for warm clothes for the winter months.
Meanwhile on my Facebook, people are posting the car, the high-end jewelry, the designer bags they have received …
Sure, I like “things” (and nice things from time to time) but I do not feel the need to post about it for my 600+ “friends” to know about.
Gifts are nice. Giving gifts can even be more fulfilling than receiving. But material goods are not everything.
It has taken me 26 years to fully realize this. I’ve always known it, but it’s different to actually feel it. “Things” are not what make Christmas, or the holidays — or even life.
It is the people we choose to surround ourselves with.
Hopefully, others do not have to experience a tragedy or have to see their loved ones experience something tragic to realize this.
Sometimes, without meaning to, we forget.
And, we just need that little reminder.
So, hug them tighter. Laugh with them louder. And, eat the bounty.
Find and accept the love around you.