• Mary Elizabeth Sieg-Weeks

The Gift of Love

I was listening to Christmas music this morning because, well, let's face it, 2020 has been a big ball of suck. Who doesn't need an extra large cup of cheer right about now? I was talking to my husband this morning about how we "need a little Christmas right this very minute..." and he wasn't impressed. We have had our share of heartache this year and he is already bah humbugging.

We are in a different time right now. No one has ever been through a season quite like this before. It's like our lady liberty can't breathe wearing her mask and her scales are working hard trying to balance a pandemic and the destruction of basic humanity caused by the presidential election.

Take a look around, the people you care about the most are not alright. We are all struggling. It is only November and we are already fighting Vitamin D deficiency, cabin fever, grief over lost traditions and missing people we can't see simply because it is unsafe and mourning the loss of people we have lost this year or even years past.

What can you do to brighten their day? Stop the negativity. We are all doing the best we can and falling short. Be thankful for this precious day given to you. Start each day finding 3 things to be thankful for. Choose joy for each day and let it be contagious. Spread love wherever you go. Please don't tell anyone this secret I am about to give you. The magic of the Christmas Spirit is Love.

I am asking everyone who reads this to gift someone a smile. A random act of kindness. A chocolate bar. Shovel someone's walk. Buy some cocoa packets for the kids down the street. Treat that single mom on the block to a cup of coffee. The gift of Christmas is not about the money spent but the magic of sharing a smile and creating hope in an uncertain world.

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