I have to confess that over the last several years my Christmas spirit has been in decline and this year it is more or less nonexistent; I just don’t feel it at all. We seem to be so wrapped up in the materialism surrounding the day that it is almost completely devoid of anything else.
What did you get me this year? What did I get you? How much did that cost? The person with the most toys wins!
Christmas has become nothing more that a holiday celebrating greed and avarice. How unfortunate. No wonder the English Parliament banned celebrating the day for about twenty years in the 1600s.
Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t things that I wouldn’t mind having. For example, I need to replace a few pairs of socks and I’d like to have a new laptop to replace mine that unfortunately caught on fire earlier this year. But, truth be told, so much of what I really want isn’t something that one can cover in colourful paper with a bow on top and place under the Christmas tree.
If Christmas is, in fact, a day to remember Jesus and how he impacted the world, why not take the opportunity to spread a message of love and hope? Rather than buying something for the man or woman who has everything, isn’t it better to give a gift to the poor? Sure, it may be frustrating to wait to get the latest upgraded gadget or newest movie, but is that such a terrible thing? Isn’t that concept a far better representation of what the Christmas spirit ought to be about?
I could make a list of the things I want this holiday season, but the Goo Goo Dolls sum it up quite nicely with their song, “Better Days”. I encourage you to really listen to the lyrics of this music.
Merry Christmas to all.