The excitement in the air is palpable for the children; the gifts, the tree, the relatives, the food, oh my! There is a definitive mood in the air, and it is one (hopefully) of good will and cheer. An idea that the world is a good place.
This is a mood that children in our society need more than ever: that the world is a good place, the people in the world are good, and that my own little personal world is stable and good.
Maybe this holiday you are facing times that are not “so good.” Divorce, financial crisis, housing crisis, illness, death in the family all conspire to make the Christmas mood disappear.
Do not let it. Part of being human and being an adult means we have the ability to strive, to rise up, to not let our circumstances define us but to allow us to define our circumstances.
As we come also to a close of another year, I can only leave you with this parting thought: do not be the reaction to circumstances this coming year; be the visionary and shape your world. What you cannot shape, call on your faith, remain strong, do the right things even when no one else is, and be someone who is proactive. Be the goodness, and carry that Christmas mood in your heart for your children.
Many blessings, and Merry Christmas my friends,