Only At Christmas?

Every year right after Thanksgiving, my wife and I trudge through a huge stack of our favorite Christmas movies. The usual favorites are there: “Christmas Vacation”, “Christmas Story”, “The Santa Clause”, and “Muppet Christmas Carol” (don’t judge me, it’s great). One that many people miss, however, is also one of my favorites. Although not a traditional Christmas movie, “Love Actually” follows several different stories that take place around the holiday season, and it’s amazing. If you haven’t seen it yet, go check it out immediately. Go ahead, I can wait.

OK, now that you’ve seen one of the most touching drama’s centered around Christmas, I’d like to make my point. One of my favorite scenes in this film is where one of the characters shows up an his best friend’s house to talk to his wife, who he has secretly been in love with. Don’t worry, he does the right thing. In fact, he does the right thing is a brilliantly touching way. He never says a word, but only communicates through poster boards that he has written on. During this year’s viewing of “Love Actually”, one part in particular stood out to me.

Two of the cards read “Just because it’s Christmas – (And at Christmas you tell the truth)”. Now, we all know that around the holiday’s we’re expected to treat each other a bit nicer, and do a little bit of good for your fellow man. I’ll argue that this kind of thinking should take place all year-round, but being honest should be a no-brainer. Granted, I don’t believe that the film is suggesting that we go around lying the rest of the year. Still, I would like to encourage everyone to start this new year with a resolve to treat people the way you do at Christmas all year. This kind of behavior should not be reserved just for Christmas, and it confuses me that we only do this during the holiday season.

So treat every holiday as if it were Christmas. I’m not saying put up a tree on the 4th of July, but rather have a mentality of kindness throughout the year. Don’t reserve those good thoughts and kindhearted attitudes for when there’s gifts to give and receive. In fact, give a random gift to somebody just “because”. Those kind of unexpected day-makers really go a long way with people you care about. Let’s focus on acting like it’s the Christmas season even when it’s not.

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~ by Scott L. Clark on January 4, 2011.

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