The spirit of Christmas

Kianna Garmanian, Staff Writer

 

Tis’ the season! With Christmas now approaching and the holiday season in full swing, it is important to reflect on the meaning of gratitude in each of our lives. Often, while getting caught in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, shopping sprees, and last-minute rushing to the stores to purchase gifts, it is very easy to forget what matters most. Thankfulness is a gift, and often, we forget to give thanks for our daily blessings.

An athlete who is battling with a back injury probably never appreciated their back so much until they became injured. Injuries allow athletes to develop a new approach on the functionality of their bodies, and gain a mindset of thankfulness for their health. Similarly, many individuals do not appreciate their health until they are fighting a fever, flu, or other forms of illness. As you can see, it is easy to take for granted our blessings in life, from good health, education, family, and friends, to shelter, food, clothing, and more. As G.K. Chesterton states, “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” Recognizing and expressing thankfulness not only increases your happiness, but helps you develop positivity in your life. During this holiday season, may we each take a moment to reflect on the special graces, blessings, and joys in our own lives, as we all have been given many talents and opportunities. Remember, a thankful heart is a happy heart.

As you gather with your family members and friends over Christmas break, remember the true meaning of the holidays, considering thankfulness. Junior Michaela Baker reflects on some of the blessings she is most thankful for and states, “This Christmas, my family will be all together. My sister is coming back over winter break, so we will be together for Christmas. Also, there is a friend from high school that I haven’t seen in a year, and we have plans to go to Christmas Eve

Mass together. I am very excited for that.”

In the Gospel of Luke, (Luke 17:11-19,) there is a beautiful story that perfectly connects to the meaning of gratitude. Jesus journeys through Jerusalem and encounters ten men with leprosy. He then proceeds to heal all ten, yet only one of the individuals returns to thank Jesus for his healing. Jesus says in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” At times, perhaps we too are like the nine lepers, who were given an abundance of blessings, yet never gave thanks for such gifts. Jesus invites us to live with a spirit of gratitude and recognize the beauty and talents in our lives.

Simply put, St. Gianna Beretta Molla states, “The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what he is sending us every day in his goodness.” May you and I approach this Christmas season with a heart of gratitude and spirit of thankfulness, and be like the one individual in the Gospel story above, who gave thanks to the Lord for the healing he received. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kianna Garmanian, Staff Writer

Tis’ the season! With Christmas now approaching and the holiday season in full swing, it is important to reflect on the meaning of gratitude in each of our lives. Often, while getting caught in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, shopping sprees, and last-minute rushing to the stores to purchase gifts, it is very easy to forget what matters most. Thankfulness is a gift, and often, we forget to give thanks for our daily blessings.

An athlete who is battling with a back injury probably never appreciated their back so much until they became injured. Injuries allow athletes to develop a new approach on the functionality of their bodies, and gain a mindset of thankfulness for their health. Similarly, many individuals do not appreciate their health until they are fighting a fever, flu, or other forms of illness. As you can see, it is easy to take for granted our blessings in life, from good health, education, family, and friends, to shelter, food, clothing, and more. As G.K. Chesterton states, “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” Recognizing and expressing thankfulness not only increases your happiness, but helps you develop positivity in your life. During this holiday season, may we each take a moment to reflect on the special graces, blessings, and joys in our own lives, as we all have been given many talents and opportunities. Remember, a thankful heart is a happy heart.

As you gather with your family members and friends over Christmas break, remember the true meaning of the holidays, considering thankfulness. Junior Michaela Baker reflects on some of the blessings she is most thankful for and states, “This Christmas, my family will be all together. My sister is coming back over winter break, so we will be together for Christmas. Also, there is a friend from high school that I haven’t seen in a year, and we have plans to go to Christmas Eve

Mass together. I am very excited for that.”

In the Gospel of Luke, (Luke 17:11-19,) there is a beautiful story that perfectly connects to the meaning of gratitude. Jesus journeys through Jerusalem and encounters ten men with leprosy. He then proceeds to heal all ten, yet only one of the individuals returns to thank Jesus for his healing. Jesus says in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” At times, perhaps we too are like the nine lepers, who were given an abundance of blessings, yet never gave thanks for such gifts. Jesus invites us to live with a spirit of gratitude and recognize the beauty and talents in our lives.

Simply put, St. Gianna Beretta Molla states, “The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what he is sending us every day in his goodness.” May you and I approach this Christmas season with a heart of gratitude and spirit of thankfulness, and be like the one individual in the Gospel story above, who gave thanks to the Lord for the healing he received. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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