I doubt any kids read this blog. While I think many of the topics that I talk about should be taught to kids (staying out of debt, paying credit cards, saving responsibly), I don't write it to where I think kids would want to read.
That being said, this post is directly for kids…the one inside each and every one of you.
Christmas is next week and regardless if you celebrate that as a holiday, the time of year and the holiday spirit should be alive and well.
Unfortunately, I think many of us get so caught up in the ‘things to do' regarding Christmas and the holidays, that we forget to actually enjoy the time. Think about that for a second. We do all these things to make it a great holiday: Decorate, Buy Presents, Wrap Presents, Pay For the Presents, Make Cookies, Gather the Family and all the other things. We do all that and we get so consumed with it that we forget to actually enjoy ourselves.
At the end of the holiday season, how many people say something along the lines of “I'm so glad this is all over!”
I know I do.
The thing is, while the holidays can be busy and expensive and stress levels can go sky high, the fact is that it's a time for enjoyment. And, there is no better way to remember this than to think for a minute about how much kids enjoy Christmas. If you have kids, you know what I mean. Our 3-year old ran downstairs the day after we put up the Christmas tree, looking for his presents under the tree.
One of my favorite modern Christmas songs is by Gloria Estafan, where she did a song called “Christmas Through Your Eyes” and it talks about how she wishes that she could see Christmas through the eyes of a child.
I'm with her all the way.
I challenge everybody reading this to give yourself a gift this Christmas holiday. Make a pledge to take some time and do something that will bring Christmas to your eyes like it appears to the eyes of a child. If you have young kids, spend some time with them as they open gifts and capture some of their excitement. If you don't, then find something from your childhood that you remember best about the holidays, and spend some time figuring out why that memory was so everlasting. Chances are it will bring some of that unbridled holiday enthusiasm back to you.
In the end, try to see Christmas through their eyes. If you can capture that for just a few moments, it will make it all seem worth it.
Readers, what do you to take time out from the hustle and bustle to actually enjoy the holiday season? How do you put things in perspective?