A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

It is important to spend Christmas with those we are close to: those people who feel easy joy, simply by being in your company. In this season of giving, generosity, and empathy, our eyes are turned outwards. Social creatures by nature, we enjoy the company of others, and there’s no better time to do that than at a Christmas gathering—especially one focused on tradition. However, in the festivities of the season, it’s easy to get so caught up in the planning and execution of large, elaborate celebrations that we lose sight of the people whose lives complete ours. As I have learned, bigger parties don’t always equal more happiness. Just special friends and others who enjoy your company, and you enjoy theirs, are really all that is necessary.

In fact, when wondering who to spend your Advent season with, focus on the joy in connecting. In my experience, gatherings of these well-bonded folks, be it you and your family, your significant other, your best friends, or any combination of the above, offer exponentially more Godly joy than any number of cups of Christmas-party-eggnog can hope to provide. Having a shared experience, even if is to get a Christmas tree, string some lights, or deliver packages to needy families, can all lead to A Wonderful Life.

Jack Bingham

About the Contributor

Jack is the son of Drs. Marc and Dawn Bingham. He is a 10th-grade student in the Dorman High School STEM program, and he loves acting with Spartanburg Little Theater and playing sax in the Marching Cavaliers band. Two of his favorite things about the holidays are tasty eggnog and the adventure of finding the perfect tree with his family!