Finding Happiness This Christmas

by Alex Garrett

With all the world seemingly at wits end I pray that the light of faith, hope and spirit burns brightly within in you during this amazing time of Christmas.

I think the moment anyone loses any of those three things, life can turn sour. If you realize you have less on your wish list in 2014 that is an amazing thing. It means that you see the light in yourself and in everybody around you, which in turn means you don’t need a whole lot of material items this Christmas season.

I have come to realize watching my elderly grandmother falter (she is on the rebound by the way) this fall; my father tough it out each day; Vic and my mom being the glue that holds all of our lives together that it is those who have your back that make the holiday season extra special.

The reason I’m writing this is because watching your elders rapidly age gets tougher as we continue to be active in our own lives. Cherishing them this holiday season is extremely important simply because we don’t know if they will be around next time this year.

It puts into perspective what this time of year is about even more.

While getting gifts from and giving gifts to the ones you love after another year of surviving truly feels amazing, Yet, I am elated with just their presence whether physically next to me or in my heart and that is all I could wish for at this young stage of life.

Many yearn for homes; for families; for jobs; for a reason to live at this time of year. I would go insofar as to say many hope that faith will find them as well. I believe the Good Lord will help them get there. In this special time we should be able to support them as well which might make us think less about our own wish list and actually more happy.

Most of the time we get unhappy if our personal wish lists fall short, but in 2014 happiness should come from within and feed off those around us. There is a way to be happy I truly feel that way! I hope you do too! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night 🙂