As this Christmas season winds down, am I left with one question: Why does it have to end? Yes, it can be hectic and tiresome at times as we venture out to the malls in search of a parking space, so we can go inside and find the perfect gifts for those on our lists. Next, we go to the grocery store to buy all the fixings for a wonderful Christmas dinner with family or a festive Christmas party with friends. Then comes the wrapping and cooking, cleaning and baking; making time tables to figure out where we need to be and when. Don’t forget arriving at Church an hour and a half early, so you won’t have to stand for the whole Christmas Mass. It can seem like a little much, yet we do it anyway.
The time we share with family and friends, that we may only see once or twice a year, brings us happiness. The joy that we feel as we give out the gifts and open up the ones we receive lightens our hearts. No wonder they sing that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. So I ask again, why does it have to end?
“It” doesn’t have to end; in fact, “it” should never end. We let “it” end.
The Christmas season it just that, a season, just like spring, summer, fall, and winter. Every year the season begins on a particular day and ends systematically on another. “It”, on the other hand, is not a season. “It” is not marked on any calendar, but, as the saying goes: “it” is the reason for the season. What I am saying is that “it” is the spirit of Christmas.
We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ; that is the spirit. It’s about family: loving, sharing, giving, and caring. It is everything that Jesus showed us during his life on earth on how to truly live together as God’s family. It easy to buy gifts for a stranger that we find on one of the many “giving trees” that pop up during this time, but it’s easier for us to ignore the ones we pass on the streets at any other given time of the year. We let the spirit end because our priorities shift from others to us, taking more time for ourselves than with our own families and friends. Even God is sometimes set aside for our own conveniences (if only the pews were that full every week…). Just imagine how much better our lives–and this world–would be if we celebrated the Christmas spirit all year around, not just for about one month out of twelve.
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