I have firmly believed that the Christmas season ushered in a period of joy, harmony and celebration. The Yuletide spirit had brought people closer together. It was a time of remembrance, reflection, and reconciliation.
Today, regrettably, that no longer appears to be the case.
We now come to another holiday season, a time that many observe by frantically hurrying to the shopping mall of their choice.
Wild, bizarre “sales rage” now “introduce” the holiday season. People violently sneer and snarl at each other as they aggressively grapple for the last sale item on the shelf. Disdainful remarks have replaced cheerful holiday greetings.
Unfortunately, many have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. The birth of the Savior some 2,000 years ago gave humanity, in a world long-suffering from the illness of spiritual decay, the healing medicine of uncompromising, sacrificial love. Christmas represents compassion for the past, determination and resolution for the present, and an unyielding optimism for the future.
Indeed, Christmas in the heart puts Christmas in the air.
Christmas isn’t about petulant, hysterical combative shopping maneuvers at the malls and department stores.
Dr. Seuss told us: “Maybe Christmas … doesn’t come from a store; maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” Sir Winston Churchill observed that “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but of reflection.”
Christmas gives each of us a unique opportunity to reflect on those who play; and, sorrowfully, those who have played, an important part of our lives.
We need to keep that in mind during this holiday season.
John Di Genio