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By “That Literary Lady” Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant
Oh, how I love this time of year. I get all giddy at the sight of Christmas decorations and the glistening of pretty lights. I would be remiss if I left out the joy of holiday music and lyrics about baby Jesus, red nosed reindeer and some portly guy who wears a red suit—who always seems to know whether we’ve been bad or good. It warms the cockles of my very being.
I love how people take time out of the hustle and bustle of their busy lives and schedules to help others. I get misty eyed when I witness “haves” bestowing good cheer upon the “have-nots” for no other reason than the fact that they, too, have been bitten by the spirit of Christmas.
Christmas time is by far the best time of the year for me because it seems to bring out the best in most people. It seems to be the one time of year when many put aside their differences to help mankind. It’s a time of year when even takers turn into givers. It seems to be the only time that I feel the sudden urge to waltz around my home as I sing along to Silent Night and Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, amongst other favorites. It’s the only time that you’ll find me, full-time, in an apron, baking Christmas delicacies of all kinds: chocolate chip cookie, sugar cookies, peanut brittle, brownies and sweet potato pie. Ah!
Forever etched in my heart are the memories of being a child and lighting up when I saw a Christmas tree atop of mounds of presents. When my children were growing up, I was equally delighted to see their smiles during the season. And, now that I am a grandmother, I find that old traditions die hard, although, creating new ones are a joy.
Someone recently said that they didn’t understand how someone could walk by them all year long and not say a word, but then wish them a Merry Christmas during this joyous occasion. I’m convinced in my heart that it is in fact the spirit of Jesus that evokes these feelings within us. After all, this season is all about the birth of our dear Christ.
Despite the fact that many want to be politically correct and change the “wording” of the Christmas Season to the Holiday Season, most will agree that this season is about the birth of Christ and the season of goodwill. It doesn’t matter what you call it, it all means the same. The Christmas Season is a celebration and a time to share in the joy of our dear Savior’s birth. How cool is that?
In Isaiah 9:6 says “For unto us a child is born, a son is given; and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Jesus came so that we might be free and forgiven of our sins. It is His life that gives us the warm and fuzzies during His birthday season. Just when it seems there is no hope in the world, we prove the masses wrong. I only wished the Spirit of Christmas; the Spirit of the Lord and Spirit of Mankind lasted all year long. For now, I’ll continue to cherish the Christmas Season and the Spirit of Christmas.
Merry Christmas, Joy to the World and Peace on Earth!
In addition to being a published author, Yolanda is a freelance writer and the owner of Bryant Consulting. She specializes in literary, social media, marketing and small business consulting. Yolanda recently released her latest novel titled Revelations on eBook and will release the print edition at the end of January. She is currently working on a business series, a mystery series, a diabetes title and a few children’s titles.
When she is not working hard, That Literary Lady is participating in Toastmasters International, where she is the Vice President of Education for Speakerpreneur Toastmasters (www.speakerpreneur.org). She volunteers with Junior Achievement and is a member the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship’s Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership and Learning.
That Literary Lady currently resides in the Piedmont Triad with her husband. They have three grown children and three grandchildren with one on the way.
You can learn more about Yolanda at www.lwmediagroup.com, www.literarywonders.com, www.yolandamjohnson.com, www.bryantconsultingonline.com and www.thatliterarylady.com.