Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Independence Day and Keeping Christmas Spirit #FourthofJuly #ChristmasinJuly

Today I was thinking about the entire concept of my motto here at Christmas Spirit..."Always in spirit." What that means to me is not really about the wrappings and trappings of Christmas, although all that is a nice part of Christmas. It means keeping the spirit in our hearts year round. It means good will toward others and helping others just because, even in the smallest of ways, or even something as small as keeping a positive attitude. A kind word, a small gesture of kindness (cooking dinner for someone who has been ill, running errands for an elderly neighbor), even mending rifts that may have developed with family or friends. The point is, it's never too late to start. Each day is a fresh slate to start again.

Of course, it's easy to say all this, but it's the doing that can be hard. Sometimes we need daily reminders. Then, with today being another holiday, I thought of something. We have many holidays throughout the year, big and small. Independence day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, New Year's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, Memorial Day, even Halloween. Why not use these holidays as reminders to keep the spirit of Christmas alive?

So, let's strive to keep the spirit year round, but when one of the other holidays throughout the year comes around, take a moment to reflect. Have I been keeping the spirit every day (or most days)? If the answer is no, use that day to start again.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday!

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