Christmas music is wafting through malls and coffee shops, and Salvation Army bell ringers have taken up their annual posts. Twinkling lights already adorn shrubbery, and towns and cities across the nation are wrapping lamp posts and hanging banners to herald the holiday spirit in their shops, on their streets and throughout the community.
Famous for being a man of few words, Calvin Coolidge outdid himself with this observation:
Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
It’s an exciting season when the child in each of us can get excited over presents, candy, ornaments and family. Charles Dickens stated: “It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
The holiday season encompasses celebrations of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and other festivities as well where food, fellowship and family trump all the material aspects of this time of year. However, gift giving, baking, traveling, loving and decorating are all part and parcel of the month of December.
You can boost your own spirits early by downloading Christmas tunes and holiday-theme movies, putting a string of lights somewhere, if just around your cubicle or along the back of the kitchen counter. Shopping is most efficient if you do spend time making the proverbial Christmas list.
Buying local will stimulate the community in which you live, as for each $100 spent locally, more than $70 stays in the community. Conversely, for every $100 spent at a large corporate entity not based in your town or city, more than $50 leaves. Shopping local impacts prosperity, character, success and economic strength.
One amazing “buy local” strategy that may not seem so is ordering fresh flowers at bloomstoday.com. For all its lights, tinsel, glitter, silver and gold, nothing tops beautiful fresh flowers by Mother Nature. Talk about boosting someone’s spirits! Receiving fresh flowers instantly brings happiness and elicits a positive, emotional response. It’s the same, by the way, when you buy some for yourself. Anyway, many of the finely crafted, holiday floral arrangements that arrive via bloomstoday.com actually come from a local florist, most often an American small business, locally owned and operated.
You know the joke about fruitcake. There are just a handful of them, people simply pass them around year after year. Not so with flowers. Every bloom is fresh, new, unique and beautiful. Perhaps fresh flowers is the perfect way for you to get into the season and help someone else as well by sending a long-lasting bouquet in reds, greens and whites.
Bob Hope quipped: “When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things — not the great occasions — give off the greatest glow of happiness.” Fresh flowers can promote that glow of happiness!