On this day – Christmas Day 2011 – my wish for all of you is not for presents, but instead for presence. By that I mean both the presence of others near and dear to you and your own sense of presence in the moments that will make up your holiday.
At this time of year, we all want so desperately to gather in our friends and family so that we can share the holiday with them. It isn’t always possible…folks have a way of scattering across the globe. Not everyone has the luxury of being with all the folks they would like to be with this holiday, but my hope for you is that you will be able to gather and celebrate with folks whose presence is meaningful to you.
Secondly, I wish for you the opportunity to be fully present in the moments the holiday will offer. I think there is a hectic-ness that develops around this season that detracts us from being able to experience fully the satisfaction and happiness that should come with spending these special times with those we care about. House cleaning, present wrapping, baking, decorating, meal preparation…it all adds up to a fairly hefty “to-do” list that can wear one down long before the celebrating ever begins. I hope you will find the balance in these activities and fall on the side of presence instead of perfection.
The true meaning of this holiday is really all about presence, but there is no reason to discard all those presents under the tree (who doesn’t love presents?)…just remember, what makes the day meaningful are the people, not the iPads, gift cards and toys.
From me and mine – Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Day nine hundred and two of the new forty – obla di obla da