I’ve been saying “Merry Christmas” with purpose this year.
My faith is rooted in the birthday of Jesus. I determined this year to not default to a cursory Merry Christmas, a seasonal substitute for “have a good day” as I move on. Instead, I’ve been striving for a bit more connection. This year, when I tell someone Merry Christmas, I want them to feel like they’ve been engaged.
First, I’ve been looking at them when I say it. This particularly with people I encounter as I travel. I pause, capture their attention, and wish them “Merry Christmas.” Without exception, I get a smile. I might be imagining it, but the purposeful effort seems to resonate with others. I can tell it has been an exception.
It goes a little deeper if I know you.
When I say Merry Christmas, I’m hoping to brighten your day. When Jesus was born, it is said that the dark night was suddenly filled with light. Christmas reminds me to be a light.
When I say Merry Christmas, I hope you feel my affection for you. When Jesus was born, it was said to be a “love letter” from God. Christmas reminds me to be grateful for the place where I am and being surrounded by the people who are in my life: family, friends and colleagues. Christmas reminds me that I’ve been given a lot and the best way to express my gratitude is by caring for and honoring the special folks around me.
When I say Merry Christmas, I hope you will be tapping into the spirit of the season. I hope there is reconciliation where reconciliation is needed. I hope there is peace where fear can often reside. I hope there is joy which comes from a generous heart.
So, with that understanding, I wish you a heartfelt Merry Christmas. May peace, joy and goodwill abound as you celebrate the day.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.