I don’t know about you, but this time of year can be tough to manage. I’m not talking just financially but timewise. I have a book in editing, another one in process, and I have this long list of tasks to perform to get ready for the holidays.
Buying presents is a joy when you have some idea of what the people on your list may like. I love to give gifts. Even when our budget was small, I found joy in the gifts I made for my loved ones.
We couldn’t afford to buy Cabbage Patch dolls and Care Bears, so I made them. Then, I had the time and the energy. Now I’m a Hallmark movie waiting to happen. Distracted author’s family leaves her for sojourn at the North Pole. Or, workaholic author/machine wakes to find she’s missed Christmas, and instead of a tree, there is just Murphy’s axe.
I love A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It’s a brilliant story that transcends time. A classic tale that us busy people need to pay attention to.
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
It doesn’t matter what holiday you participate in as long as you honor the spirit of giving and understanding. Give what you can to those who have nothing. Reach out a hand and hold that door for the next person. Buy a gift for a toy drive. Give a coat to a child without one. There are many ways of writing your own Christmas story. It all starts with the main character, you.