A single Santa hat can spread plenty of cheer
If you have young children in your home who have yet to discover the truth about Santa Clause, then Christmastime is perfect for spreading a little bit of innocent and genuine cheer around your home. Surprising your kids with a visit from Old Saint Nick on Christmas Eve will light up their eyes this magical time of the year. When your kids grow up and realize that Father Christmas is fictional, you will no longer have the chance to add a dash of magic in their lives with the aid of a red velvet suit. This doesn’t mean that the Christmas spirit will die down completely once the little ones in your family grow up, though.
Even if they myth behind the man in the scarlet suit is just that, there are plenty of Christmas traditions and customs that will keep your spirits merry and your roses cheeky. Gifts that are exchanged between loved ones are more meaningful than gifts from an old stranger spying on your morality, anyway! And, of course, there are the lights that are associated with the holiday season. Even those who do not celebrate Christmas can appreciate the warm and delightful glow of Christmas lights and displays on houses and trees during the winter. The twinkle of a neighborhood can brighten anyone’s day on a cold December evening.
And of course, there is always the matter of holiday foods! Cinnamon, apple, and gingerbread are all flavors that you don’t get much of throughout the rest of the year, but these flavors are plentiful as Christmas approaches. There are also the heartier entrees to be expected during the Thanksgiving and Christmas: turkey and glazed ham. While it’s certain that these decadent and rich flavors aren’t for everybody, there are those who delight in Christmastime specifically for the dinner spread.
Even though some might hate the fact that Christmas has been overly commercialized, it is still a time of wonderment and festivity. There are few other times when you’ll see families as close together in the United States than during Christmastime when cousins come to visit and kids return home from school. Novelty Santa hats are worn cheerily at family gatherings, office parties, and local taverns. No matter where you go, you have a chance of spotting novelty reindeer antlers without having to think twice about it.
Christmas cheer isn’t fueled by gifts from an industrious man in red and his crew of devout toymakers. It’s a product of people’s warmth illuminating an otherwise cold time of the year. This holiday season, put away the humbug and spread a little bit of Christmas cheer. It doesn’t take much more than a silly knit sweater or red Rudolph nose to brighten the faces of the countless people in your life. Even if you only make one stranger smile this season, it’ll be well worth the effort. If theatrics and being silly aren’t up your alley, you could always volunteer at your local shelter or make a donation to the needy this season. ‘tis the season for giving, after all.
Written by Asher Briggs