There have been probably thousands of words devoted to this question. What is the meaning of Christmas? There are countless novels and stories devoted to the theme, most notably the Christmas Carol and The Gift of the Magi, countless movies and the famous editorial Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus yet still, we seem to ponder.
Perhaps because we all see a different meaning in Christmas. For some of us it means stress and disappointment and lonliness – conjuring long-gone memories of happier times. For others it’s about gifts and family gatherings, sleigh rides and pumpkin pie. Still others see it as a time to help those less fortunate than they are.
For me, it is a mixed bag of fun, stress, presents, old memories good and bad, carols, Christmas trees, joy and sadness. It is about having emotions at full tilt, the hope meter at full throttle and ultimately acceptance of what my life is and shall become. The celebration that ends the year that has come before it and the hopes that foster what could be in the coming year. There is never enough time, nor money to do it up right – there is always some disaster or disappointment, yet it is my favorite time of year.
It is the time of year when most of us open our arms and our hearts to let others in. When we forgive and forget. When we gather round a fire or a football game. When we laugh and smile a little easier and sleep a little happier. When we don’t care how many calories are in something, or how our asses look in an outfit. When we wave to our neighbors and smile and exude patience in lines at the post office or the department store. Open doors for little old ladies and don santa hats and reindeer ears as though it is a perfectly normal thing to do. A sort of free pass to be our most childish and silly selves and see the wonder in simple things. Think about others instead of ourselves.
So, I wish you the happiest of Christmases – joy in the simple things and delight in unexpected events. Peace on Earth, goodwill to men, blessed family and friends.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.