With just a little over two weeks to go, Christmas is almost here. ALREADY! Apart from the over-sensationalism of the holidays, I do enjoy the season. Most people are in a great mood and there's something about that time of year from Thanksgiving into the New Year that's just festive and fun!
A few of my friends are going crazy trying to find out-of-stock items for their kids, (really for their own gratification because some of the kids are too young to even care! lol) and you wouldn't think this country was experiencing a recession by the looks of Black Friday Sales but alas, that all ties into Christmas!
In the meantime I'm racking up on holiday invites and crossing them off one wine glass after the other.
I pray for everyone to enjoy the season.The shopping and the parties are fun, but remember to be thankful for what you have. There are SO MANY PEOPLE who cannot afford the basics, much less to even think about shopping for presents.
Give, in whatever way you can. Donate food to a shelter, church, a neighbor you know might be in need. Donate coats or clothes: there are many organizations out there who do the legwork and the donations actually get to people in need. Donate money if you can afford to, or your time by volunteering. It doesn't take much to make a difference.
Celebrate life with loved ones; family, friends, whomever. The hustle and bustle of life can tear us apart and break us down if we allow it. At the end of the day, the bills and all the other things we stress about are inconsequential (please don't interpret this as "Mandy said don't pay my bill and buy _____" --raised eyebrow-- you know exactly what I mean!).
Hug your children, tell your spouse you love them and mean it, spend quality time with your girlfriends, your homies, yourself!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!