We recently went to a Christmas Parade in a small town not too far from us, and it was such a joyful experience. Everyone happily sipping hot chocolate, lots of laughter, both adults and children smiling and obviously enjoying the spirit of the season.
Then we went to buy cat food at a large department store in another larger town nearby and I was struck by the difference in the vibes. Lots of people rushing around, filled shopping carts being pushed around by some pretty grumpy looking people.
I noticed that there were so many more people smiling at the parade than in the store, and that inspired this poem.
It’s Not About Dollars and Cents
There are too many people not smiling
in this season of joy and of peace.
Some are just too busy buying
to feel what a true Christmas means.
It’s not about boxes and gift bags,
or surfing the hustle and bustle.
It’s not about wrapping and gift tags,
or bruising that credit card muscle.
It’s not about breaking the purse strings,
or attending expensive events.
It’s not about new techie cool things.
It’s not about dollars and cents.
It`s all about good will and friendship,
about family and loved ones so dear.
It`s all about kindness and kinship,
and being a soul of good cheer.
We all have our trials and our troubles
that leave us with grief and with pain.
We all have our daily life struggles
that cause us to stress and to strain.
But life is about all the side trips
on this magical journey we`re taking,
and we`re all on this journey together…
with each wonderful life of our making.
So when next you encounter a stranger,
or a friend who is lost in their stressing.
Please send them a smile from the manger
to remind them each day is a blessing.
Your spirit is free to be caring,
and it doesn`t cost dollars and cents.
This season is all about sharing…
your presence and not just presents.
So give out the gifts within reason
and remember this one thing I’m sure of…
that kindness is always in season
and the true meaning of Christmas is love.
by T. M. Lehtinen (that’s me)