This past week has been a flurry of Christmas activity. My hope is that we each take time to remember some of the simple things of Christmas past and experience the greatest glow of happiness the season has to offer.
I can’t believe how close Christmas is! It’s the last minute frenzy in those precious few days leading up to Christmas. The big day draws frightening close and, remaining true to form, i have an astounding number of gifts bought and wrapped this year. Sometimes it’s all in the presentation. And these presents will surely delight any recipient.
After the presents have been opened, the carols have been sung and the festivities of Christmas day are over, most of us tuck our Christmas spirit - you know, that cheerful, nice-to-everyone-cause-it's-Christmas vibe….away until next year. After all, we've been jubilant and jolly (or at least a little bit nicer) for close to a month now and keeping up that upbeat, Christmas attitude can be hard work. But, the more i think about it, the more i realize how much better things might be if we all kept that Christmas time cheer with us all the time.
Photos of my Christmas wrapped presents for the yearly exchange sessions!
Nice sweets gifts received from my co-workers!
Snapshot of a yearly Christmas gift exchange session with friends!
With my nephew and niece around brings back the magic of Christmas – it’s all the excitement, the waking up early and the sound of them playing with their new toys. As much as i love receiving gifts, i also really like to give them to people too. I put lots of thought into what i buy for my friends and family so I love giving the presents out and seeing their reactions.
I have been receiving some special messages lately. Caught me by surprise, honestly speaking. I must say, in my life so far, i have had the chance to meet some ordinary people with such extra-ordinary lives…lives that inspire me in such a great and powerful way. I can't help but want to be a better person myself. And perhaps, that's why and how some people can find their so-called "inspiration" or "motivation" from me indirectly. I am happy and blessed to be one of them.
On Christmas Day, i always reflect on those Christmas’ passed. Christmas is a time for taking note of things we love, the people we care about, the gifts wrapped just for us and it's also a time for noticing special things: the little traditions, the pretty, glittery decorations. The season brings out a sense of childlike wonder. Trying to embrace that wonderment all year long, by looking for good bits in every day, is another great way to keep the spirit of Christmas alive. These days i have a toast and be thankful for the many gifts bestowed on me, the most important one being life.
I believe that Love can change the world, only if we let it. Let’s try to measure our lives in love. Not cynicism, not hardness. Let’s try to give in whatever way we can, regardless of how it is received. A smile, a hug, an unexpected conversation. It’s okay to not live up to that ideal all the time. But take time to see how you can add joy to someone’s life. You just may find joy of your own.
Whether you are celebrating Christmas, or not at all, let me wish you and yours peaceful and light filled days of joy. For those of you celebrating Christmas this week, i hope you have a very, merry Christmas and thank you for reading my photography blog. Readers like you are some of the best Christmas presents i could ask for! Merry Christmas!