I love this time of year. I think people in general are all just a little bit happier. I think part of the reason people are jolly around this time, is for the simple reason that they are thinking of others. Everyone is hustling about trying to buy that perfect gift for that special someone. People are purposely setting aside those few extra coins or dollar bills to give to the man standing outside of the grocery store ringing the bell. People are simply pushing self aside and thinking primarily of others.
This year, a few of my friends and I were able to go Christmas Caroling. I just love caroling! I love watching the faces of the people as they open the door to be greeted by the singing of the traditional favorite Christmas hymns such as: Silent Night, Noel, Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and Oh Come All Ye Faithful.
After singing a couple songs to the people we presented the family with a candy cane and a simple Christmas gospel tract.
I don't know if caroling really makes a difference. I don't know if anyone actually reads the tract. I can't even been sure if anyone was really encouraged or uplifted by our singing. But, I do know that by caroling my friends and I headed home a little more joyful.
You see, I believe that giving to others and living for others makes you truly happy.