- Where is the magic?
- Do you still feel it?
- Did you ever feel it?
Not unlike many of you, I find that Christmas music is depressing.
I was thinking about some Christmas songs where the lyrics are “Where are you Christmas…?”
It is not Christmas per se, that she is looking for but, the innocence of the holiday. Do you remember?
I know that everyone has their own memories of the holiday; some of them are memories that many would kill for, and some of those memories are ones that people rather forget. I have a mixed bag of memories like that.
There are memories I would just as soon as not have, and then there are a few that I would not want to lose.
There is an old Merle Haggard song that resonates with me as an adult. ‘If we can make it through December.’
In the song, the writer laments that his little girl won’t understand why there are no Christmas gifts. Then there is Dolly with her ‘Hard Candy Christmas’ or perhaps her ‘coat of many colors.’
The physical year-end all too often matches up with the fiscal year-end for many companies hence the end of the year layoff. I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard of companies letting their employees go on furlough, or just laid them off this time of year.
When I was a kid, it seemed that Unions would strike this time of year, so Christmas was not only bleak but we learned to eat cheaply. The furnace was cut back to conserve energy, so sleeping in more than pajamas was a memory I could easily forget.
Companies have no loyalty to the employee, although they might offer the impression that they do. When production slumps, there is little need for employees and that seems to happen around the end of the year.
One could preach all year long about having a rainy day fund, but the argument as to who can afford that is germane as well. Is this you?
Are you gainfully employed with a savings account, or are you barely making it paycheck to paycheck?
Speaking as someone who has been there, having anything in savings is a comfort. Knowing you can last until the demands for business return, is a comfort. While some company’s business model is, for their employees to survive off funds from unemployment, or food stamps, during this time of low business, some only hire contract workers.
Moral of this story. Have money put aside for Christmas. That means all during the year set aside money in savings that does not get touched. It is for a rainy day.
When you work for someone, you have very little control over your destiny. Everyone would be smart to have a side hustle. I hesitate to use that word but that is what it is. From stores on Etsy to selling things on eBay to yes, writing books and selling them on Amazon, a side hustle can give you that little bit of comfort. Even though the company you have slaved for is letting you fend for yourself at the moment, the world of readers appreciates what you are writing!
I knew a lady who was a photographer and sold calendars with her pictures as the main picture for each month. I know another lady who makes purses and sells them on Etsy. There is nothing wrong with a little side hustle. Many have garage sales all too often, but they do it.
Christmas is not about gifts. Yes, there is magic but I think it manifest when we find ourselves doing for others who need that little extra something, as life has kicked them around. I don’t want to reward those who depend on that generosity. I want to bless those who would not ask and would instead do without, then be a burden. I love to assist those who are trying.
To me, that seems what the spirit of ‘Santa’ is all about.
I hope this Christmas finds you well, and your lives filled with love and prosperity.
Much Love -TW