This time of year we look for ways to bring happiness to others. Some people give their time, money and commitment to help others attain a sense of contentment. Other people work many hours in providing their families and friends with what they ask for from Santa or to make dreams come true. It is possible that the cooking, shopping and constant desire to achieve everything for everybody makes stress a persistent state for many. It should be realized, we can not be all things to all people. Tradition and repetition provide standards that cause many to follow what they know. In doing so, people can become overwhelmed and frustrated to duplicate what has been performed (or seemed to have been performed) by other generations. History has a way of glorifying what has occurred in the past. We see how happy we may have been with the festivities as a child. One wonders if it was being a child or if the adults in our lives really worked magic to make us feel happy. In any case, we need to remember that as adults we can only do as much as we can to provide both ourselves and others with a joyous Christmas. In this respect, try to get enough rest, good nutrition and keep a positive, cheerful attitude to provide people with the true spirit of Christmas.
December 16, 2013