“So this is Christmas,

And what have you done?”

(The opening words from the Christmas song “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” from the John Lennon and Yoko Ono.)

I’m pretty sure I’ve said once or twice how this is my favorite time of year. I love the lights, the trees, the brightly wrapped presents. The laughter of children and look of wonder on their faces as they discover the beauty of the season. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

My husband and I always set aside time to watch our favorite Christmas movies. Thursday night was “Polar Express.” I always feel so bad for Billy when he says, “Christmas just doesn’t work out for me.” Spoiler alert: I love it when the train drops him off back at home and his once dark house is brightly lit with a Christmas tree and wreath and Santa has already been there with his present.

Good move! Can you hear the sleigh bell?

Tonight will be “A Christmas Carol.” We all know the moral of this story.

As you can imagine, Christmas is also a busy time at work. Lots of visits from Santa, concerts, plays and such. I capped off this week by interviewing the 2016 Man and Woman of the Year. This is always such a humbling experience for me and I thank them — past and present. It also makes me take stock in what I am doing with my life, the gifts I have been given and my time. We must spend each wisely. They make me want to be a better person.

The one thing those chosen for this honor always say is: “Isn’t there someone more deserving of this? You should give this to someone else.”

That is exactly why the honor is given to them. They don’t do what they do because they want recognition or a pat on the back or any accolades. They do it because it’s the right thing to do. They do it because it needs done. They do it simply because they can.

Another common thread among these selfless people is their group or the people they are surrounded by. Like attracts like. If you spend your time with negative people, it eventually rubs off and you become negative. Of course, the opposite is true as well.

So as Christmas Day draws near, I’m thinking of ways I can be more helpful to others. How I can reach out and make someone’s day or even life better. What can I do to change the things I don’t like: hunger, homelessness, hopelessness?

I know I’ve already said this before, too, but it’s still true. In the wise words of my child: “The biggest lie we’ve been told is there isn’t enough. There’s enough. You just have to ask for it and/or find it. It’s there.”

So as you’re out and about this weekend taking care of last minute details, take a good look around you. Chances are, someone close to you could use a smile, a hug, a kind word, a cup of coffee or a sandwich. If it’s within your power to do so — do it!

“So this is Christmas,

And what have you done?”