WHAT I BELIEVE CHRISTMAS SHOULD REALLY MEAN

The Holiday Season is a time of year when many people get wrapped-up in shopping, office parties, decorating the house inside and out, wondering who you DO and DO NOT have to invite (if you are entertaining), etc.  To a great extent, at least for many, it is a time to be outlandish–to show-off.  And then, you are completely exhausted and start to suffer through Holiday Withdrawal.

Last year, I included “The Gift of the Magi”, by O. Henry, first published in 1906, in this Blog.  It is an ironic story about a young, newly married couple.  Each wanted to surprise the other with a Christmas gift, however money was extremely tight.  It is the first of twenty classic Christmas stories, linked as follows: http://osr.org/christmas/20-famous-christmas-stories/.

There was also a very touching story recently in the NY Times; which, I believe also conveys what the true reason for this Holiday Season should be.  The Holidays (all of them) should be about the positive aspects of what you have and what you can do for others, and not the commercial side of life.  The Times story, “An Extra Angel on Top of the Tree”, is linked as follows: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/fashion/modern-love-an-extra-angel-on-top-of-the-tree.html?emc=eta1&_r=0&module=ArrowsNav&contentCollection=Style&action=keypress&region=FixedLeft&pgtype=article.

NOTE: A special thanks to my Daughter for Emailing the Times story to me.  I subscribe to the Times On-Line and had immediately deleted the story when it was Emailed to me, thinking that they were trying to sell me something.  But, when I read it, I wanted to share it with my readers.

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