As The Holidays Approach

sandy-cox

SJ is part of a local writers group in Senoia that meets the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Senoia Library.  You can also follow more of her writing at creativejuices-sjcox.tumblr.com.

Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is quickly approaching. We are now at the beginning of what most call “The Holiday Season.” For most it’s a time of year filled with happiness and joy. It usually brings out the best in all of us, filling us full of a giving spirit and a kind nature towards others. Black Friday on the other hand, can fill us full of spitefulness and greed as we claw desperately through the crowded stores for that next good deal. As terrible as that may sound, it is all a part of “The Holiday Season,” widely accepted as a normal part of the holidays. I like to think of Christmas in more traditional terms. I feel that, though it is nice to see different sized packages wrapped in pretty paper and bows under the tree, that isn’t what the holiday is about. This holiday should be about people, not things.
In this day and age, we all have a cell phone, laptop, or some sort of digital communication at our finger tips. We are all connected to the world by some sort of social media; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you name it and it’s out there. We all have friended or followed our various friends and colleagues in order to see what they are doing in their daily lives. It’s a wonderful way for people to stay connected even when they are miles apart. However, it is a rather impersonal way to connect. You can post your thoughts and feelings, along with picture of your daily activities without really interacting with anyone at all. Then the public is free to respond or ignore your posts and updates as they choose. We have no way of knowing whether people actually read these posts or even care, as they have busy lives of their own to think about. I myself am just as guilty as others for using Facebook and Twitter as a way to pass the time, with no particular purpose in mind.
There is an Old English Christmas Carol we all know well called, “Here We Come A-Wassailing,” written in 1850. It talks about spreading joy and music with others for a lovely holiday season. In fact, the definition of Wassailing is to drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way. Aside from the occasional office party I’m invited to, I am not much of a party goer. I don’t usually like noisy, lively settings, but I do enjoy connecting and celebrating the holiday with others. My idea of spreading joy is not to drink a lot and be noisy, but to have a quiet gathering with my dear friends. So, if you are anything like me, my suggestion to you this holiday season is to have fun and make your connection with people more personal. Call up an old friend, have some coffee and just catch up. Put down your mobile devices and meet face to face. There’s nothing like good old fashioned conversation and a “Cup O’Cheer!”

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