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'Tis the Season

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!!!  December is one of my favorite months of the year, not because it is my birth month but because it is such a happy month. No one gives you a funny look when u pack on cakes, chocolates and other sweets - the one month you are allowed to be a glutton.  Most people are willing to share, everyone seems so jolly and so merry and we all look forward to taking those extra days off from work! YAY! ( sorry nurses, doctors and likes). In general, I find that in December people are usually happy.

Family -  On my way to my home city yesterday, I was telling my friend how much I am looking forward to seeing my cousin`s little children, I just imagined my niece dancing around excited with her eyes sparkled when she sees me. They made me more excited to come home for Christmas and I can`t wait to see them today!! Also, when I was a little girl, I used to look forward to Christmas ( and no I never believed in Santa or Father Christmas). I loved the season more because my father was home for an extended period than usual, compared to during the rest of the year when he was away working. He and his friends would organize a party every year at this time and we (the children) would be together playing as hard as we could.  There was music and drinks and our parents would dance or we could hear them laughing so hard. This made me feel very warm inside. Christmas has always been a time to share and to spend some quality time with my family.

Growth - Another reason I love December is that it is the end of the year, and coincidentally, the end of my age year. Because I look forward to new beginnings and to improve in aspects of my life, I reflect. A year is usually a good time to see how much you have grown in certain areas and to give yourself new challenges or areas to improve on. I am either satisfied or unsatisfied about where I used to be but the best part is the chance to improve. So, December reminds me that a beginning is coming -January- because like mornings, it gives an opportunity to start over or get better.

Sharing -  Personally, I don't like to get carried away buying gifts during Christmas. In all honesty, I hardly do. For me, it is usually the best time to give to those who might have forgotten what family is, those who need more than I do and those who might desire some sort of love. The thing is, we get enough opportunities to show those we are close to that we love them. In Christmas, I like to share with those I see might feel a little ( or a lot more) low during this "high" season.

In the midst of the jolliness and happiness, this can also be one of the worst and most depressing times of the year. It can be a period when people are reminded that they are alone, when people remember the pain of the loss of a loved one or when people try to put a smile on their children`s face but can not because the family has other pressing needs. What can we do to make it better?

We can reach out - we can give to a parent that we know can't afford to give her children more this season, we can invite someone who might be alone this Christmas to celebrate with us. We can call that long lost `no one knows what she is doing` cousin and wish them a very merry Christmas. We can love more,  we can share more, not just with our close family and close friends but with everyone!

I wish you all a very merry, happy and jolly Christmas!

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