The holidays are said to be “the most wonderful time of the year” and most of us can agree on this. People seem jollier, weather feels nicer, and Christmas cheer surrounds us everywhere we go.
The holiday season is filled with traditions unique to each culture and family. My favorite tradition that i share with my family has to be the day we put up the ornaments and bake holiday cookies while listening to christmas carols. This brings our family close together, even if it’s just for a couple of hours; between work, baseball practice, and me being away for college we find a way we can all hang out by decorating the tree and reminiscing on previous years.
A tradition familiar to us all is the opening of presents on Christmas morning. I remember as a kid falling asleep late, trying to stay awake to hear Santa’s reindeer on the roof and possibly sneak a peak at Saint Nicholas himself. I would wake up in the morning and run downstairs to find the cookies and milk nibbled and sipped, and underneath our Christmas tree, boxes of different sizes wrapped in holiday paper and ribbons. I would sit there not so patiently and make as much as “accidental” noise I could until my family woke up.
As I’ve grown older I’ve come to the realization that the magic of Christmas doesn’t necessarily wear a suit coated in red and yell “Ho-Ho-Ho”. This realization has made me want to make Christmas special for all the kids that have never experienced what I’ve been blessed to experience throughout my childhood growing up. For example, When Jorge told me about his idea to buy toys for 200 kids from our Climb to The Future program, I immediately made it my mission with help from family and friends to complete this goal.
When I heard we reached our goal it felt as if this could be the present to myself this year. Because I for sure don’t need anything, I am blessed enough to celebrate another year with my family in good health and spirit. Even though it was only 200 kids, any difference is a big difference in my book.That’s one of the main reasons I love Christmas. It is such a joyful holiday because of the spirit of giving. If it’s giving gifts to your family, participating in a Secret Santa with coworkers, or donating to your favorite charity, giving to others makes us feel good. It’s the do good, feel good kind of mood.
“Make someone smile whenever you can, you never know how much of a difference you could be making in their life at that moment.” – Israa Ali.