Stop. Relax. Remember the true meaning of the holidays.

As the days until Christmas get closer and closer, people get more and more stressed. We’ve all been there: You’re at the shopping mall trying to find a parking spot that isn’t on the other side of the hemisphere, and you cut someone off to take their spot. Or you leave the supermarket annoyed to see the volunteers standing out in the freezing cold ringing that bell. I know sometimes you’d like to do things to that bell that I won’t mention here (hey, we are a family-oriented company, after all). So to avoid their stares and wishes of good cheer, you put your head down and race past them, or you go out another exit altogether.

On Black Friday, a poor Walmart employee was trampled to death. Yes, trampled to death. And for what? So people could get the best gifts?

I get disheartened at the children who don’t understand the meaning of the holidays. Yes, I think Santa is a wonderful thing to believe in, but that shouldn’t be the extent of it. Gift receiving isn’t the end-all and be-all of Christmas. So many people are suffering far worse than you will be if you don’t get that new dress or gadget.

It is time for us to stop, step back and remember the true spirit behind Christmas. With the world seemingly going to hell, I know it seems bad for everyone right now. But a great way to make yourself feel better is to do something for someone less fortunate than you and your own. Yes, money is tight, but your generosity doesn’t have to be monetary. Hold a door open, volunteer at a local soup kitchen, babysit a friend’s child for free so they can get some holiday preparations done. Use your imagination. I guarantee that you will feel better about yourself and the world around you.

Now before I slip and fall off my soapbox: I’m not saying that every person is a self-centered egomaniac (although some truly are). But the message I want to get out there is for every person to stop, relax and remember the true spirit of the season.

Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Lauren

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