I was just reading a post from Little Cottage Comfortshttp://littlecottagecomforts.blogspot.com/ and I loved something she said. "Our only obligation to others is to smile and be pleasant and say please and thank-you nicely and sincerely." Now doesn't that just make you relax and say to yourself ...."oh, I can do that."
We often take on too much at Christmas , keeping us from the most important thing , which is feel the "spirit" of Christmas. For me the "spirit" of Christmas is feeling "love" for everyone. Wanting to smile at everyone you see, hoping to brighten just one persons day. Lifting a burden from someone you might not even know. Feeling love for our Savior and the sacrifices he's made for each and everyone of us. Traditions are wonderful but it's the feelings that count.
My manly man is a volunteer chaplin for the local fire department. He has duty one week out of five. He carry's around a pager and police radio in case he's needed. This week-end unfortunately was a busy one. Friday he sat with a 80yr. old man whose wife of many years just passed away. Saturday he helped assist a young family whose l month old baby died in the middle of the night. It reminded me how important it is to be nice to everyone, you never know what their going through.