The Holidays Sometimes Just Are Not So Jolly

By April Dye, Contributor to US Daily Review.

I love the Holidays.  I especially love Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Both to me represent everything about being a Christian.  But I have to say that sometimes society (especially Christians who should know better) forget what the holiday spirit is about – giving and being thankful.

Thanksgiving is a day when we are supposed to reflect on the things that we are thankful for.  Christmas is actually supposed to be a time to reflect on the birth of our Savior Jesus and what a miracle He is.  For both of these holidays people have forgetten what it is about and become focused on themselves and what is all about them.  Thanksgiving has become about food and football and Christmas has become about a portly man in a red suit and how many presents we get.

We sometimes forget about those who may be celebrating these days alone.  Pushing others feelings aside to satisfy our own agendas.  Worried about traffic and traveling and the desire for their “wish lists” to be met.

I have to say for me, my life is not chaotic, it is actually pretty boring.  My husband and I enjoy hanging out at our house with our kids the most.   We are happy to go out or stay in and our children are pretty much the same.

That all changes as the holidays approach and the figuring of schedules to meet everyone’s demands.  My grandmother had a good plan.  She had her Christmas time set on the Sunday before Christmas for at least 25 years.  Her motto “If you can come – come, if you can’t – you can’t”.  There was no “guilt trip” from her if you couldn’t make it.   She knew that with children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren that she was not the only person we have to celebrate with. She made it real easy, it was a constant and a comfort – always knowing when hers would be.

During these hectic holidays, maybe we should all take her idea into consideration.  Set a time and stick to it, let people know that you would love for them to come but if things come up and they can’t make it, let them know it’s okay.  Life is too short to hold grudges.  Love is about giving, not getting.  But the great thing is when  you do love and it is honest and unconditional you will get so much more than what you gave.

Be blessed this holiday season – show love, show flexibility, be giving and thankful!

April Dye is a Christian wife and mother of two. She loves to hang out with family, read, watch movies and television, and her job. You can follow her on face book at and

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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