When we’re children, we tend to think about Christmas as the holiday when we ask for toys. As we get older, we begin to understand the significance of the holiday, and we realize how small a role material gifts play in our lives.

Gifts

When we’re young, we feel indestructible. As we get older, we realize how fragile life is and how quickly everything can change from one day to another.

When we’re young, we don’t think about love. Love is everywhere. Love is in every song we hear and in everything we do. “I love to dance!” “I love to go to the movies!” We use the word frequently without realizing its true meaning.

As we become older, we meet people who have never been in a loving relationship, and we see how lonely they are.

Cherish

That’s when we realize that love is rare and a very special gift not everyone has the opportunity to have, and so we treasure it, we protect it, and we thank God for it. Gifts

The gift of peace is something we seldom think about; however, in order to be happy in life, we have to be at peace with ourselves. It shows in our faces and in our relationships with others.

Sometimes

Peace comes to those whose hearts are not filled with envy or greed. It comes to those who live life doing the best they can. Sometimes the most beautiful people we meet in life do not have handsome faces or beautiful voices when they sing, but they do possess peace and a serenity that only deep faith can render.

Every thought we feed ourselves, every deed we do is written upon our physical and spiritual lives. In order to have peace, we have to feed ourselves with understanding and caring for others. It is impossible to find peace when we live life only thinking of ourselves. Gifts

It has always been said that at a dinner party, the guests make the party, not the food that is served. We should always think of ourselves as guests sitting at the table of life. We can either make it a great party or ruin it for everyone around us.

This Christmas be grateful for the gifts that life has sent your way. Celebrate and give thanks for love—which, after all, was the beginning of all this and the true meaning of Christmas.

Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer, and certified parent educator with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom. Follow her on Twitter @PowerOfFamily or contact her at her Web site at www.redirectingchildrenrgv.org.

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