My mother had taught me the true spirit of Christmas, maybe not consciously, but she taught us, with what most consider a tough punishment, how it felt to put someone else's needs before our own selfishness.
When we give to others, we give without expectation of reward. We give without attachment to either the gift or the recipient. The practice of giving is thought to be one of the most basic human virtues, a testament to the depth of our humanity.
It's supposed to be the "most wonderful time of the year." But if you're already juggling your time, finances, and energy, then the holidays can disrupt the delicate balancing act. Weave these simple practices into your season and you'll go from "hum bug" to "ho ho ho" in no time.
It was a particularly bad day in Detroit, temperatures hovered just below freezing with freezing rain. The magistrate heard evidence and argument, and finally ruled against us. That was not the end of the story, though.