My apologies for the lack of entries lately. I’ve been a little wrapped up in the holiday season. Basking in all of the joy and happiness this holiday brings, I literally get swept away in everything Christmas. This year, it seems I have literally been on a steady high since the holiday season began. Aside from doing the extra special things like decorating the tree and baking cookies, it seems that this year has brought with it a little extra joy – and it’s not just me who feels it.
I was in Abercrombie the other day, standing in a line that wrapped around the middle of the store and went through two rooms. I didn’t mind though. I had fully accepted the fact that I was going to be in that stinky store for awhile so I stood in pleasant silence. Then, the two women in front of me, who were trying to figure out which bottle of perfume/cologne was for men and which was for women, asked my opinion. A conversation began and we were all laughing and joking about our confusion. This…with total strangers. This is something that would not normally happen. Not on a normal day in Toronto, and not typically with me playing such an active role.
What is it about this season that brings the patience, compassion and love out of people? I know it does it for me. It manifests itself as a physical feeling for me. I literally feel as if every happy emotion is building up inside me, from my stomach up to my shoulders. I feel as if I’m going to burst. I think for many of us, it is a reflective time of year. A time that allows us to face the past year of our own behaviour and make changes that reflect in minor decisions made to affect the life of someone else in a positive way. If there really is a “spirit of Christmas” that comes out in all of us, how do we get it to come out at other times of the year? If it did, would the magic that comes out at Christmas lose its lustre? While I will contemplate these things heading into the new year, I will simply continue to enjoy what is right now during this special season.