Ok, one holiday down, one more to go. How are you doing so far? How was your Christmas? Were you overwhelmed by everything around you? Did you stop and consider the real reason for the season? So many questions. It is so easy to get lost in all the hoopla surrounding Christmas. So easy to forget what Christmas really means.
Christmas is almost synonymous with gift giving. We sometimes feel inadequate if we cannot get a gift for a loved one. On the flip side, we also feel hard done by if a loved one does not give us a gift. I am not sure why the gift giving, especially when it’s between people who can afford their own gifts but you know what? I am not knocking it. I have gotten some darn good items, thanks to this tradition. It would seem weird if my friends exchanged presents with each other at my birthday party, wouldn’t it?
Shopping is another activity that goes hand in hand with Christmas. Shop till you drop seems to be the acceptable mantra. Gifts, food for the parties, clothes, boxing day sales, buy buy buy! Again, I am not sure how this ties in with Christmas but someone is making a killing, don’t look at me.
Even though I partake in all the above mentioned Christmas activities and delight in them, I would have no problem with Christmas being more of a time to focus than to stress out over who gets what and who gives what. I would enjoy the old-fashioned style of Christmas that you see depicted in stories of old. Where parents tell their kids stories while they listen in rapture. I would enjoy a Christmas where we the fortunate ones take the opportunity to get ‘gifts’ for the less fortunate. I know some of us do include this in our list of ‘things we do at Christmas’ but I would like to see the stress placed on it. We say ‘Christmas is for children’, I couldn’t disagree more. It’s not for Children. It’s for all of us. If we consider all of us God’s children, then yes, it is for children.
In case you are wondering, “If you like it that way why don’t you celebrate it that way then?” Well I do. Kinda. As a team effort it would be even more special and far reaching. Just imagine it.
Have a Happy New Year! And remember, it’s all my takes.
- What If Christmas Didn’t Exist? (corynikkel.com)