The Real “Greening” of Christmas
by Teresa Flyger, GSN Board Member
“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from the store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!”
– The Grinch, by Dr. Seuss
Music on the other hand was welcomed, encouraged and downright celebrated! Is there any holiday that has as much music dedicated to seasonal festivities as much as Christmas?
Undoubtedly it is the lyrical tunes of this beautiful season that I recall with a warm smile.
Handel’s Messiah Oratorio would ring through the house and on many occasions we would join together around the piano for Christmas carols on wintery South Dakota nights. December was filled with caroling throughout the neighborhood as we sang to our hearts content.
Oh the joys we were taught of moments to appreciate far above and beyond the gifts that come from the store. We found joy in the happiness of being together and creating the universal language of joyful celebration – music, togetherness, quality time and love.
To nourish this in our own lives and encourage those around us to do similarly is a priceless gift to be cherished.
Before rushing out to buy unnecessary things on a long shopping list to hurriedly wrap these extraneous items in boxes, paper and all manner of wasteful decorations; please take a moment to think about holiday traditions you truly wish to savor, discontinue or adjust. We all have a choice each and every year.
Wishing a holiday filled with all the sustainable happiness your heart can hold – even for the Grinchiest!
Meet the Author
Teresa Flyger, Director of Global Brand Wellness for HIlton and GSN Board Member