With the lure of the holiday season just around the corner, many anticipate the good cheer that is associated with the holiday spirit. From Thanksgiving until New Years, you are bombarded with well-wishers, whether you happen to know them or not. Even the clerk at Wal-Mart is wishing you the best during the upcoming season. The minute January rolls around though, a dramatic change is felt and people revert back to their old selves, graciously cutting you off in traffic, gesturing in only the kindest of ways, and being generally inconsiderate.
Although I can only speak for myself, I think it’s fair to assume that part of the charm of the holiday season is the good mood that everyone happens to be in. Despite age and greed, the celebrations surrounding the end of the calendar year give everyone something to look forward to and the genuine happiness of the majority of humankind is an amazing spectacle to observe. Most of the upcoming holidays of are religious nature, but even atheists can enjoy the break from work and school that most of society comes to expect in correlation with the holidays. People cannot be blamed for being in such a chipper mood, but what they can be rightfully accused of is only engaging in such friendly good cheer during the short span of the month of December. If people were nice year round, than we wouldn’t have to look forward to a particular season of well-wishing. Instead, we would wake each and every morning, looking forward to the good intentions of people worldwide.
For some, the bright bustle of the holidays is seen as fake and cheesy. While this might sound very characteristic of the famed Ebenezer Scrooge, it makes sense. If someone is only kind and cheerful during the holiday season and is an self-centered egomaniac the rest of the year, it appears that personality falsification is a game the individual enjoys playing around the holidays. This is none more apparent than in giving thanks on Thanksgiving. I refuse to engage in any type of behavior, as I am thankful for the great things in my life year round. Not a day goes by that I am unappreciative of my wonderful family and friends and the privilege of receiving an education that so many people are deprived from. Other people do not see this notion of giving thanks as I do though, only publicly stating their appreciation around the holiday season when the sense of family unity is obligatory.
Without totally admonishing holiday spirit, it’s time to carry the warm feelings with us year-round. Imagine how delighted someone would be in April if you looked them in the eyes and honestly told them to have a good day. For me, this practice is second nature. My mother is a strong, positive influence who is kind to everyone despite the season and takes the holiday practices of most, applying them to all aspects of her life. It can be expected that not everyone is having a good day, but the kind of rude behavior observed on a regular basis suggests that a great amount of people are always having bad days – until December hits, and then instantly a new-found bounce in step is picked up by thousands.
This holiday season, see if you can see what I see in regards to this theory. It’s fun to get caught up in the festivities, but don’t let it stop there! The retail outlets should not be the only ones preaching the benefits of Christmas in July. Let the holiday spirit ring out in July as well! There is no reason to stop celebrating, so practice being a happy, joyous person year round, and see the positive reaction people have towards your genuine well-wishing and kindness. In a world abound of cursing and ill will, a positive spirit can really make a difference.