Dressing up for Christmas
Christmas in Downtown was more exciting for me this year than any year before. It was nice to have a table of my own where I could meet new, exciting people from the community and also welcome friends I have made here over the years. It was a beautiful day Saturday and the number of people who came out to be a part of the festivities proved that nice weather draws a crowd. It was a crowd that sent me home that night with a smile on my face. I feel lucky to be a part of this community. Everyone who stopped by made me feel like I have reason to be here. I always appreciate the positive feedback I receive from community members. All of it makes me feel like the communities around here are much more than a bunch of people who know how to have fun and put on entertaining events. We are a true family. I’m thankful to be a part of it and I’m glad it’s a part of me.
The Commoner Journal kicked off its first Christmas in Downtown with a “Deck Yourself” contest. It was a contest that allowed residents to dress up in Christmas decorations and pose for a picture. Whoever receives the most likes by the end of the week will win a prize. At first the idea, for me, just seemed simple, but as the day progressed, I began to realize how wonderful this was for us. Not only did we get to meet people and introduce them to our news site, but we were also given an opportunity to share a moment with them and have some fun. There was no lack of smiles at our table. I’m glad we were able to do something so fun that the community could participate in. We only had just over 30 pictures of contestants for our contest, but we had hundreds, maybe thousands, of laughs and smiles to share with the people who we do this for. It was a wonderful day.
I realized as I was watching all of the contestants decorate themselves, that this isn’t just something that people are doing in my contest. Every year we all seem to deck ourselves up for the holidays. Not with garland or bows or little bulbs that light up. We decorate ourselves with Christmas cheer. We try to put on a smile for the person who walks by us. We may become more apt to hold a door open or share a friendly greeting with another. We deck ourselves every year, but where does it all go. Where are those smiles and friendly hello’s in the spring or summertime? They seem to disappear and every year, we find it getting more and more difficult to put back on. That is what I saw at my table Saturday. When someone would take off their decorations, they became tangled. It became more difficult for the next person to put on their decorations afterward. It’s funny how life lessons can be learned in a community event. We all need to learn that Christmas is not the only time to deck ourselves. The reason for our happiness is not presents under a tree or a stocking filled with sweets. We have much more to be cheerful about. When we all find out the reason for our happiness does not come with a season, but with a spirit of togetherness and community, like we all had Saturday, we will no longer get tangled in our fancy decor. We don’t need to take off decorations and put them back on. We should continue to wear our cheerful persona year round. Untangle the mess of the once a year decorations and put on something long lasting and permanent. Deck yourself, not just for Christmas, but for life. Why waste time fighting and struggling a tangled mess to prepare for a holiday when you should have already been wearing what you’re putting on anyway? Smile. Christmas is almost here. Santa doesn’t have to take it with him. We can keep it all year long.