I consider myself a fairly private person and sometimes I probably keep to myself more than I should. I’m not one to spend time on Facebook commenting on everything I have an opinion on nor do I spend a lot of time sharing my feelings with others (not always a good thing) so I find this post to be a little out of my comfort zone. Sometimes I feel if I do share my thoughts that someone will come in with a very different opinion and I won’t be very well at standing my ground. No, I don’t want to be right. I just want to be heard. So I guess that is the purpose of this post.

This December I’ve spent a significant amount of time thinking about life — it’s hardships, it’s up and downs, its triumphs. Honestly, this past year I’ve likely wasted too much time and energy on being afraid. It’s tough not to. All you have to do is watch TV for 5 minutes. Am I right? I have found myself countless times being afraid of the future. Afraid for my children. For my family. For me. For my husband. Honestly, I really do try to look at all the good in the world. It’s just difficult when the media shows so much negativity.

So can I just say, I needed December to come. For more reasons than one, I needed to FEEL the spirit of the season again. The Reason for the Season!! I needed to be reminded of hope and at the beginning of the month, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints released a Christmas video sharing the powerful message of “A Savior Is Born.” It couldn’t have come at a better time. I had been so caught up in the worldly stuff going on that I forgot that Christmas is such a special time of year and there’s more to it than the gift-giving and receiving. It’s about the Savior’s birth!

I love this video and the fact that it’s told by children makes it so much more moving. I have heard the story my whole life but this time it meant more to me. Probably because I watched it when I needed it the most! It is my hope you will appreciate the reminder as much as I did.

It’s not always easy to put into words how I feel. I think this video pretty much sums my thoughts and feelings about Christmas. It is so much more than presents under the tree or finding the best deals. As I contemplated what I should do for today’s post, I knew I needed to put the DIY projects, baking and various other projects aside and share something important to me. I’m not sure if anyone will read this or be even be inspired by this post. I just knew I had to share it with someone. If anything it reminded me that there IS hope in the world — that good DOES exist.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe Christmas spent with those you love!