Christmas is a wonderful time of year whether we are believers or not. Watching kids playing, lights brightening up the dark winter, family getting together, time gets suspended in our endless marathon. What we tend to forget with Christmas is that it should not be about rushing into stores to get presents and waste money on the latest i-phone. Christmas should be about sharing and loving. We may not have a lot to share but a smile, some extra quids for someone who can’t eat, a box of chocolate for your favourite cashier, a bunch of flowers for your teacher’s kid, a hug for someone who needs it. Those things cost near to nothing but they can make someone’s day.
When Christmas is just around the corner it is a good time to reflect on who we are and what we do to share, to acknowledge our weaknesses, to empathize and spread love around us. It is often easier to buy presents and play fools during Christmas time rather than take time to talk about what really matters with our beloved ones but also with strangers. When is the last time you had a meaningful talk with someone in your family, a friend or even a stranger? When is the last time you said “Hey, know what? I was wrong. Sorry.” Those little talks don’t cost a penny but they are absolutely priceless. Because they show how much you care. Christmas is not about money spending, it is about sharing.
By the time Christmas arrives as teachers we are usually knackered. So, we tend to rush in our lessons, and we play batteries of Christmas games, but how much of this is really meaningful? How many of us have really taken the time just to sit down with the kids and ask them about their plans. How many of us have noticed that little Johnny has no plan at all “because…hmm…well it’s complicated.” Many of our students don’t have much and they shouldn’t be forgotten in the Christmas lights. I am not saying that you should make your duty to invite them all to your house for your Christmas party! But I am saying that a Christmas sharing –or whatever the way you call it- can mean the world to those who have little. How about a little Secret Santa activity where students share little presents or simply kind words? Take time in your class to spread the word. Tell your students about a great deed that you are going to do, or one you have done to share with the world. Pass it on to them. What little action are they going to take to make their beloved ones happy?
As I am writing this article I wanted to share with you some wonderful stories that make human being loveable creatures because they are capable of compassion, empathy and love.
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas full of lights and hope.