Spreading Good Cheer

 

It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The feeling of Christmas, the meaning of Christmas, the message of Christmas. Essays and stories and movies abound, with narratives of hope, joy, and love this season. Adding to this army of carolers wouldn’t be wrong, but maybe this Christmas, we can take a second for something else… or rather, someone.

We make time for shopping, for gift giving, and laying out milk and cookies on Christmas Eve. We make time for tradition, hanging lights and hiding elves. This is all incredible, fun, and full of cheer. But maybe this Christmas we can make time for what can be easiest to take for granted: those around us.

For some, Christmas can act as a bittersweet holiday. Whether losing a loved one, being away from home or simply being alone on the holiday, there are those who go unnoticed in the world of holiday cheer. Some are going through more than you or I might understand – you don’t need to comprehend it all to be a comfort. Take a moment and recognize them.

Others may be working on Christmas day, keeping patients healthy or stomachs full. It’s these workers who we pay no thought to until the time comes that we are in dire need, whether a paramedic, an officer or a cashier. Take a moment and recognize them.

Then there are those close to you – sometimes the easiest to be taken for granted. Some, like myself, live a full day’s journey from their family. Others may not have family at all. For those you have, when they least expect it, take a moment and recognize them.

Sure, this holiday season may not be perfect, but remember:

  • Without imperfection, there would be no real beauty.
  • Without imperfection, there would be no need for love.
  • Without imperfection, there would be no need for saving.

As entertainer and comedian, Bob Hope said “my idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”

Thank you for celebrating Christmas with us. You are a part of the PSG family. We value you, what you do, and who you are, not just this season, but all year long. We wish you peace, love, and happiness.

We’ll see you in the New Year!

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