Not everyone goes into the Christmas season filled with joy. For many people the holiday means sorrow. The echo of the loss of a loved one is louder; the burden of gift buying can be financially overwhelming; the strife in relationships around us and in the world is more noticeable than other times of the year. Any disconnection from joy is magnified during Christmastime. We often distract ourselves by getting caught up in the activity of the Christmas season, but the action without meaning still leaves us feeling empty. The spirit of Christmas is about love, connection, and generosity. Reflecting on the meaning of Christmas is a disciplined act that is kind to our soul and healing to our heart. It is the best present we can give ourselves because it is the birth of freedom to connect with those around us more meaningfully. Enjoy the season!