By Gary Hibbs
As we have come from (hopefully!) enjoying Thanksgiving and are approaching what should be the special magic of the holidays in December, I remember a quote from Shirley Temple that kind of put a damper on her magic. She said, “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.”
I love that quote! Dashed Christmas expectations of a child movie star. I suspect it didn’t damage her joy of the season for the rest of her life.
Yet, the season does bring memories that flood in. Some great, some not so great. For me, the best holiday memories are the ones where I didn’t get pulled into the materialism or try to please everybody (and not, therefore, satisfying anybody and just making myself stressed, tired and angry!). The best also include those years when I took the time to really let someone know they were special to me. Instead of buying a bunch of stuff for a bunch of people with money I didn’t have, I’d create something…a handwritten note, a gift that I made…something that was unique between that person and me. And, the great thing is, no matter who we are, we have the ability to do that for at least one person this season.
Don’t let the stress of the season take your joy away. Create a great memory. Mark Twain said this: “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” Happy holidays, Riderwood!