Is anyone else feeling a little frantic with December on us? The semester is winding down, I have a few sticks in the fire with my writing, and Christmas is right around the corner. Yikes! December is crazy time, yet, it's also my favorite time of the year. Today, my classes were discussing the spirit of Christmas and the season of good will. I had to create a metaphor for them to understand where I was coming from, so I thought I'd share it with you all.
Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. My family has gone twice and each time, it always amazes me how people are genuinely kinder inside the park. Our first time going, we rented two strollers for our kids (they were 4 and 6 at the time). We loaded up the strollers with backpacks and other belongings worried about leaving them unattended while we were on the rides. To our surprise, people just don't touch the strollers. We even left our strollers for a couple of hours to reserve our seats for Fantasmic. When we returned they were completely untouched. There is a magic in the air preventing people from breaking the law. It's amazing and refreshing reinforcing the notion that it's definitely the happiest place on earth.
The same can be said for Christmas. This time of year brings a feeling of hope and charity to so many who normally are rather selfish. I listen to teenagers every day talk about donating their time to local charities by wrapping donated gifts and later delivering the presents to the needy children. These kids are proud of themselves for doing good for others. It makes me smile daily. Even my own children are asking to pick names off the donation tree to help other children. There's just something about the season that brings the best out in others. I can't help but love every moment of it.
So, even though December can be frantic getting ready for the holidays and such, I'm grateful for my family and my life. I consider myself very fortunate to have what I have and want nothing more than to bring happiness to others. I do have my own Christmas wishes, and hope they come true, but if they don't that's ok. My time will come when it's the right time.
Happy December and I look forward to wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and the best New Year.