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Here's What Christmas Means To FLOTUS

Christmastime means different things to different people, and there’s no one size fits all interpretation of what it should really mean. For some folks, it simply wouldn’t be Christmas without the hustle and bustle - not to mention a gaggle of presents. For others, it’s more of a religious holiday that’s low key, under the radar, and spiritual in nature. Other people just love the festive nature that surrounds the holiday, and you can be sure to count them in for any special gatherings and whatnot.

While there are technically no wrong answers when it comes to what the season means to individual people, the overall spirit of the holiday - or at least what it should be - can get lost in the shuffle. Presents are great and all, but is that really what Christmas is all about? The blunt answer to that is an unequivocal ‘no,’ but it’s not too hard to see why folks get wrapped up in that stuff above all else. The holidays are inherently commercialized, and the hustle and bustle part of it typically revolves around making sure everything on your shopping list is taken care of.

All that said, we can all still take a gigantic step back and realize that there’s a whole lot more at play during this time of the year. In a perfect world, we can all do our part to recognize that, and maybe even find a way to extend the feelings of good tidings and cheer throughout the rest of the year as well. Perhaps these words of wisdom from the First Lady of the United States will help make that happen.

As CNN shares, Melania Trump recently delivered some remarks at a Toys for Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, and there’s a whole lot that we can all take away from what she had to say.

"On a personal note, as my first year as first lady comes to an end, I have had the privilege to witness the spirit and resilience of so many people in our country,” she said. “After this year's devastating hurricane season, I hope everyone watching at home will consider giving back through programs like Toys for Tots."

We’re going to assume that Melania’s perspective is shared by the rest of the First Family as well, as being able to take a gander at things you normally wouldn’t be exposed to tends to change outlooks. While there’s no doubt that the Trump family has been a family of privilege, they certainly seem humbled by the different things they have experienced since entering the White House.

"I've seen people from all over our great nation pitch in to help those who lost everything, and I want to challenge people to continue with that giving spirit over Christmas and in the new year," she continued. "It is my hope that during this holiday season, people will remember it is not about gifts -- it is about family, service and gratitude. We must continue to look out for, and help each other."

There are plenty of other people out there that subscribe to the First Lady’s thinking to begin with, but perhaps even more will be inspired to open their eyes after hearing her touching words. The magic of Christmas really can last all year long - if we all make sure that it does, that is.

Source: CNN
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Betsy Klein/Twitter

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