Tis the Season

There is a certain magic in the air. People seem a little happier, a little busier and maybe even a little nicer. Many of us have a child or children in our lives. Whether they are our own children, or our nieces, nephews, grandchildren or our friends’ children, etc. There is probably at least one little person that you are grateful to have in your life. Christmas really should be about being thankful for the special little people in your life.

This time of year people often greet each other with Happy Holidays. Most seem reluctant to wish people a Merry Christmas! In today’s society, the commercial side of Christmas seems a bit overplayed and the true meaning of the day seems underplayed. Many children grow up thinking that Christmas is only about Santa Claus, the Elf on the Shelf and how many presents they are going to receive. Whatever happened to the holiday show, “The Little Drummer Boy?” That was a good depiction of the Christmas Story. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen it on prime time in years.

You can create your own family memories and traditions. For 22 years we have hosted close to 50 relatives every December. This Sunday is our Christmas Family Gathering. For 20 years we hosted it on Christmas Eve, just last year we changed it to the Sunday before Christmas. It is so much better for everyone and it spreads out the activities over a few days. It is wonderful to get the family and close friends together for food, fun and festivities. Once again we are thankful that we have four happy and healthy grandparents present with us.

I actually have many good friends, clients and sorority sisters that are Jewish and who do not celebrate Christmas. If this is you, I don’t mean any disrespect. I acknowledged Hanukah to my friends on Thanksgiving and this holiday is now complete. Today’s blog is meant to acknowledge the importance of family. Whatever of your religion, culture or traditions, please take a few minutes to reflect on the exciting events that you did with your family in 2013 and write about it. You may be surprised at how much you did together and how many memories were created.

With gratitude and best wishes,

Lisa Sasso, Executive Coach

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