This is later than usual but there was a break in transmission. Well now we got that squared away… I’d like to introduce you to Faith Simone. Faith has always been my Facebook buddy, we both write Christian fiction and support each other. But you see nothing moves friendship up a notch than when you go to that person’s city and she is a gracious host and crowns it off by taking you to a hole-in-the-wall barbecue joint…I mean what more can I say….anyway introducing Faith Simone.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Faith Simone
Christmas is a time of year when being with the ones you love is all that matters. It’s good food, animated conversations, smiling faces and sincere expressions of affection in the form of cards and gifts.
Gifts. The one part of Christmas that gets the most attention. Somewhere along the way, many people have confused the act of buying a gift with the true meaning of Christmas. What is billed as the most wonderful time of the year becomes a time when stress levels increase with the same intensity and speed as bank accounts decrease. The consumerism of our culture crowds out the sweetness of this season’s original intent.
We have to be careful and diligent about shifting our focus away from catching that sale, solidifying that deal, and shopping until we drop. If stress tries to come knocking at your door this holiday season, kindly mark it “Return to Sender”. Take time to remember what the tradition of gift giving symbolizes: a celebration of the birth of Christ.
My motto is simple: spend more time than money. Make that phone call. Send that card. Watch the cheesy Christmas movie. Take those cookies to your job and bring a smile to your co-worker’s faces.
Christmas is a reminder of new beginnings and hope for a fallen world. It’s the perfect time to reflect and count your blessings. It’s a time for extra kindness, charitable acts of love, and renewed faith.
That’s what truly makes it the most wonderful time of the year.
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